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‘It is un-American’: Nearly 6 million US citizens with felony convictions can’t vote

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In an election year, when voting has become popular again, states that disenfranchise their citizens for former felony convictions are being thrown into sharp relief. In three states, once a person is convicted of a felony, their civil rights are revoked permanently.

Over two million Floridians can’t vote, can’t serve on a jury and can’t obtain some work licenses after being convicted of a felony, even for a non-violent crime.

One former felon, Desmond Meade, has confronted the debilitating effects of revoked civil rights, and is fighting back with a petition drive to restore those rights.

“It’s a fly in the face of democracy. It is un-American,” Desmond Meade, executive director of Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FFRC), told RT.

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You can't run for public office either, and all this time I thought a prerequisite to being a politician was having at least a dozen felonies under your belt. lol Seriously, though, once you've done your time, you are still doing time if your rights are not restored after you do it.  Why shouldn't they be able to vote if they "paid their debt to society". 

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Felons' are felons because that make bad life choices.

Who would want them choosing a candidate?

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People make mistakes!!if they did the crime and did their time then they should be able to vote.just bexause someone has a felony doesnt mean they arent smart enough to vote!esspecially if the crime was for drugs and they are clean now!!non-violently felons should be able to vote

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Meanwhile,  illegal aliens can vote, steal your SS#,  rape murder and rob without any oversight whatsoever.  

The madness continues. 

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46 minutes ago, yaknow said:

People make mistakes!!if they did the crime and did their time then they should be able to vote.just bexause someone has a felony doesnt mean they arent smart enough to vote!esspecially if the crime was for drugs and they are clean now!!non-violently felons should be able to vote

They are not mistakes.

They are choices (bad ones).

People eventually may learn their lessons but not before the damage has been done to their reputation.

People on drugs just never seem to make good decisions and how could they?

They are on dope.

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1 hour ago, Team Uzi said:

They are not mistakes.

They are choices (bad ones).

People eventually may learn their lessons but not before the damage has been done to their reputation.

People on drugs just never seem to make good decisions and how could they?

They are on dope.

But if they make the right choice and get off drugs should that not be welcomed back into society?voting,haveing a good job,THEY STILL PAY TAXES AND HAVE A VOICE,that needs to heard

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I wonder how many their are, who can vote,  and either don't, or wont.  Be an interesting number. 

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