Reuters – "Millions Blocked from Voting in U.S. Election"


Reuters.com – “Millions Blocked from Voting in U.S. Election” highlights some interesting points about voting and potential problems with the upcoming election. I’m curious now… which states block votes from those that have been convicted of felonies?

The following statements are made on this page (I don’t know much about the credibility of the site, nor the information, so don’t assume it is 100% accurate…)

“State Report Cards

A+ Maine and Vermont never strip away voting rights due to felony convictions.

B Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Utah and The District of Columbia deny the vote to inmates, but allow citizens to vote who are out of prison, on probation, or on parole.

D California, Colorado, Connecticut, and New York only allow people on probation to vote. Parolees, and those in prison are disenfranchised.

D- Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin disenfranchise all citizens on probation, in prison and on parole.

F Alabama, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington, and Wyoming effectively take away the vote for life from all or some citizens with felony convictions, including those who have fully completed the terms of their sentence. Some of these states may restore voting rights through a lengthy and difficult pardon, appeal, or clemency process.”

I personally think that those that have been convicted of a felony and have served their time should have the right to vote.

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