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Race and the Crime of Felony Disenfranchisement


Race and the Crime of Felony Disenfranchisement

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

Now that Super Tuesday is behind us and the field of presidential candidates is narrowing with the suspension of Dr. Ben Carson’s campaign, a potentially paradigm-shattering general election looms ever closer. “The stakes in this election have never been higher,” Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said in her speech after she had been declared the victor over Sen. Bernie Sanders in seven of 11 Super Tuesday states.


With Ralph Nader being a ready made scapegoat, it was the Democratic Party failing to demand a recount that gave Bush Florida's electoral votes in 2000, not voter suppression.


I don't think the two explanations are by any means mutually exclusive. Bush's brother and his pal Katherine Harris were a factor; the disenfranchisement of viable voters (many them due to names that sounded like those of recorded felons) was another; the Supreme Court's stepping in was another... etc.


"More than 5 million Americans can't vote because of felon disenfranchisement laws. Voter disenfranchisement is another legacy of Jim Crow that we are still wrestling with today." "

Didn't know much about "felon disenfranchisement laws" so I kinda looked it up. Not sure why Mr. Berman tries to connect them to Jim Crow and add some kind of racial connotation to them. These laws were passed well before the 15th amendment and Jim Crow laws.