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Nearly 5.2 Million Americans Will Be Disenfranchised in 2020 Election Due to Felony Convictions: Study

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/10/14/nearly-52-million-americans-will-be-disenfranchised-2020-election-due-felony

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Non-violent felons should receive both their voting rights and their gun rights back after completing their sentence.

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The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. - U.S. Constitution, 15th Amendment, Section 1.

That’s pretty clear. Can a loophole or two be found to pervert the Constitution?

“… nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law;” - U.S. Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1.

Aha! All the rulers need to do is to somehow make every person in the United States an illegal person.

“In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.” - Anatole France

We have two underclasses: First, we have 5.2 million people who are disenfranchised because they broke the law, often because the law was written to nail them and not to nail young white boys. The second underclass is many millions of people who have sought political asylum or economic security in the U.S. Our government has been more than gentle with the illegal employers of these people, and more than cruel with the genuine political refugees who only ran for their lives. At this point we have millions of kids who grew up in U.S. school systems. This is the only country that they have known, and often as not these kids have only learned a U.S. dialect of English. But, the loophole denies them their human rights because they are illegal citizens.

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No guns ever.

Florida has Bloomburg paying court fees and restitution for ex convicts that enables them to register and vote.

Of over 750 railroad workers, half were ex felons and I never heard any of them express a desire to vote. They were darn happy to have a good paying job with benefits. This group was black, Mexican and white. About evenly divided.

We all believe in redemption by an individual admitting they did wrong.
The states noted in the article also have a larger percentage of black citizens than others.

allowing a person who has committed a crime to participate in civic activity might reduce their chances of re-offending

either way, it couldn’t hurt to try (unless you’re a member of an outnumbered elite desperately clinging to power)

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A law remains on the books in Canada that prevents people serving time in prison from voting. Peoples that were convicted of a previous crime but released (ex-cons) could always vote.

While this law remains on the books it was deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court first in 1985 (which was followed by a rewrite of the law by the Federal Government ) and then in 2002 when that rewrite was challenged.

This has lead to some people serving time being misled as to their rights as while the low prohibiting those currently in prison serving sentences 2 years or greater remains on the books, it is not enforceable in any way shape or form.

Well, that explains why 5.2 million people don’t vote, but what about the other 95 million? It seems disillusionment beats disenfranchisement by a country mile.

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and many-if not most- of those are the victims of the war on drugs prosecuted by both political parties and pushed by the current Democratic nominee who filled our prisons with young black and brown men under the crime bill that he still will not repudiate—why do you think that is??—can it be the inherent racism of the corporate Democrats showing itself in living color??—that the Democrats do not want everyone to vote anymore than the Republicans??–why they might elect a socialist or some damn thing

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Constitutional Rights are different from human rights. All humans have certain rights such as freedom from torture, access to health care, food water and shelter. Constitutional rights may be restricted by the government in the case of criminal activity but should be restored after the person is returned to society. We should never restrict a competent member of society’s Constitutional rights to vote, worship or own a gun. Notice I said ‘competent’ - I have long felt that any condition that prevents you from owning a gun, e.g. insanity, senility, domestic violence, etc. that shows a clear inability to make rational decisions and should also restrict the right to vote. I do not think that any Constitutional Right should be restricted solely based on a previous conviction.

Whatever THEY do to rob, indenture, incarcerate & enslave US, is eagerly cut&paste by both parties. Whatever WE do to protect ourselves, families, friends & property is felonious? So we lose our vote? Law and order, what a SWEET con!

~https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/10/12/us-covid-deaths-75-k-more-americans-died-than-previously-recorded-excess-deaths/5935813002/

~https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election/donald-trump-florida-rally-coronavirus-sanford-b1001417.html (once voting is outlawed, only outlaws…)

~https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/10/nbc-trump-town-hall-rewards-president-for-skipping-debate.html

~https://responsiblestatecraft.org/2020/10/14/harris-and-truman-how-an-embrace-of-the-national-security-state-runs-in-the-family/ (things that make you go, DUH!)

I’m guessing most of us don’t vote, because we’ve NOBODY worth voting for? Why keep continually playing our sneering oppressors’ BLATANT, bullshit game by rules they wrote for, by & to the sole benefit of evil oligarchs, all over the planet?

~https://theconversation.com/as-few-as-1-in-10-homeless-people-vote-in-elections-heres-why-146716

~https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/10/the-third-wave-of-covid-19-is-here.html (almost, like it’s ALL a distraction?)

~https://www.desmogblog.com/2020/10/15/bankruptcies-oil-gas-multi-billion-cleanup-bill-public (from the REAL story)

~https://www.courthousenews.com/biden-raises-record-shattering-383-million-in-september/amp/ (it’s all about the Benjamins)

Took me a while, trying to Google “synonym for oppressor?”

~https://www.resilience.org/stories/2020-10-15/rescuing-civilization-dirt-cheap/ (GND, M4A were too EXPENSIVE?)

I’ve said it a number of times now. We needed to start the process of voter/voting reform right after the election of 2016. We waited most of the last four years doing nothing, while the republican party was continually subverting the vote.

It’s frustrating when searching “synonym for oppressor” and Google’s algorithm keeps displaying page after page of links to the DNC and RNC or the Biden and Trump campaigns.