Holder Urges States to Repeal Bans on Felons’ Voting
Nearly every state prohibits inmates from voting while in prison. In four of them — Florida, Iowa, Kentucky and Virginia — felons are barred from the polls for life unless they receive clemency from the governor. The rest of the country’s laws vary. Some state restore voting rights after a prison sentence is complete. Others require a waiting period. Some have complicated processes for felons to re-register to vote.
Studies show that felons who have been denied the right to vote are far more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans. In 2002, scholars at the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University concluded that the 2000 presidential election “would almost certainly have been reversed” had felons been allowed to vote.
In Florida, the state that tipped that election, 10 percent of the population is ineligible to vote because of the ban on felons at the polls, Mr. Holder said.
On the issue of felons’ voting rights, Mr. Holder has an ally in Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky. Mr. Paul, a civil libertarian and possible presidential candidate, has said bans on felon voting dwarf all election-related issues.
No, Eric the Blue (State) doesn’t have any partisan motivations here.
Notice that of the four states that totally prohibit felons voting, three of them are relatively swing states in Presidential politics.
I think the Missouri model, which is what many states have, that felons can vote when they’re out of prison and off papers, is the most fair. It gives the promise of voting rights back to ex-cons, shutting the left up, and it also gives interested ex-cons something to look forward to in order to comply with their probation and to get away from the crime game. Conveniently, black ex-cons are the ones that have the hardest time getting off papers.
But then there’s another factor — Does any of this matter? Our voter registration and voting eligibility enforcement mechanisms are so weak, (and Democrats move hell and Earth to prevent them from being enforced or strengthened) that I bet a lot of felons are registered to vote in states and situations where they legally cannot. Just as I think there are lots of illegal aliens registered to vote.
And there’s another factor on top of that — I think Holder knows that the newly enfranchised felons that would come about if he gets his way won’t actually vote in very large numbers, that is, vote on their own volition. They’ll get registered to vote even if they don’t want to be registered, because there will be dozens of opportunities in the course of their lives when someone will ask them if they want to register to vote and all they’ll have to do is agree. And once they’re on the rolls, it’s easy as pie for some corrupt black poll worker to cast a vote in their stead for Obama or some other Democrat, even if the person doesn’t come into vote on election day. Swelling voter registration rolls and keeping them fat is the keystone to voter fraud.