Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Holder Backs Restoration of Felons' Voting Rights

HOLDER BACKS RESTORATION OF FELONS' VOTING RIGHTS - It's a shame that we're depriving our reformed felons the right to wait in long lines to vote in their districts that have been gerrymandered into political irrelevance. Ryan Reilly: "Attorney General Eric Holder is putting the weight of the Obama administration behind restoring voting rights to former felons, calling laws that disenfranchise millions of Americans 'unnecessary and unjust,' and saying they are rooted in 'centuries-old conceptions of justice that were too often based on exclusion, animus, and fear.' Holder, who has made criminal justice reform a central focus of his over the past several months, said the policies had a disparate impact on minority communities and echoed those enacted during the post-Civil War era...Such laws disenfranchise an estimated 5.8 million Americans, more than the individual populations of 31 states, Holder said. He called Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) a 'leader' on the issue of restoring voting rights to former felons, and said Paul's 'vocal support for restoring voting rights for former inmates shows that this issue need not break down along partisan lines.'" [HuffPost]

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