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Pressure mounts on Kaine to give felons voting rights
washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jan. 8, 2010 | William C. Flook

Posted on 01/08/2010 10:47:38 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Gov. Tim Kaine, approaching his last week in office, is facing mounting pressure to restore the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of felons as one of his last acts as governor.

A coalition of religious and civil rights organizations is in talks with Kaine, a Democrat, to issue an executive order to remove the barrier for about 300,000 disenfranchised Virginians before he leaves the job on Jan. 16., as well as to initiate a policy to automatically restore felons' voting rights after they're released from prison. The commonwealth and Kentucky are the only states in the union that permanently bar a felon from voting without the direct intervention of the governor.

Kaine throughout his term has heard pleas to change Virginia's voting-rights rule, a power granted him under the state constitution. But the push has reached a crescendo as his exit approaches and a new Republican governor prepares to take over.

Advocates believe their best opportunity lies in the twilight of the Kaine administration.

"It's always a good time to approach someone during their last days in office, when they think less politically and more pragmatically," said Kent Willis, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, one of the 10 groups seeking the executive order from Kaine.

The coalition is still in discussions with Kaine's staff, but "at this point they have neither said yes nor no," Willis said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aclu; examiner; felon; kaine; timkaine; virginia; vote; voting

1 posted on 01/08/2010 10:47:39 AM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If you are a Methodist in Virginia, know that your Virginia Conference favors granting felons voting rights.

This is one of many political interests and lobbying activities that your tithe goes to support.


2 posted on 01/08/2010 10:50:20 AM PST by mbarker12474 (If thine enemy offend thee, give his childe a drum.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Great idea, let’s get ‘em on juries, too!


3 posted on 01/08/2010 10:50:42 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Just exactly what ‘miracle’ are you expecting from a Democrat? I hope you’re not thinking the bastard will pass on the opportunity to graft some gelt.....


4 posted on 01/08/2010 10:51:02 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If a prisoner has served his time, I don’t have a problem with them, being citizens, voting.

As to voting while they’re in prison, absolutely not. They failed to follow the laws of the people. The people should not, therefore, be subject to them participating in the making, altering, or repealing of laws.


5 posted on 01/08/2010 10:52:57 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is one of the things about religious organizations that I find distasteful.


6 posted on 01/08/2010 10:53:41 AM PST by misterrob (Have you tea bagged a liberal today?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Navy Patriot

The Democratic Party is now in the stranglehold of one more “interest” group- “convicted felons”!


7 posted on 01/08/2010 10:54:14 AM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
"The Democratic Party is now in the stranglehold of one more “interest” group- “convicted felons”!"

Only until obIWON's secret police fill the prisons with conservatives then the voting by prisoners will be considered illegal.

8 posted on 01/08/2010 10:57:47 AM PST by sniper63 ("Ask not what your Country can do for you but what you can do for your Country,)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

As far as I can tell, no governor in Virginia has ever used the power of reinstatement for groups, only on an individual basis, after individual review.

However, Kaine has been working hard on restoring felon rights. Interestingly though, his process rejects any felons who have recent speeding tickets. So yeah, we’ll give a murderer his voting rights, unless he was caught speeding last month.


9 posted on 01/08/2010 10:58:09 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Free ThinkerNY
My friend said there are many Evil people in the Democrat party and I argued with him that they were misguided a little naive but not Evil. I checked many felons vote in many states and vote democrat. He was right.
10 posted on 01/08/2010 11:00:22 AM PST by BellStar (Be strong ........Joshua 1:6)
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To: cotton1706
If a prisoner has served his time, I don’t have a problem with them, being citizens, voting.

Depends on the case. The sap who got busted with an ounce of pot or the one who was drinking, pulled off the road and slept rather than drove but still got busted for dui because the keys were in the ignition I have no problem with. This should be done on a case by case basis only after the "felon" requests a hearing to restore his voting rights. What I think everyone has a problem with is the blanket amnesty that the "progressives" always push. The guideline should be common sense.

11 posted on 01/08/2010 11:01:25 AM PST by YankeeReb
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To: Free ThinkerNY

if terrorists get a lawyer and have the right to remain silent, then why not let convicts vote? makes perfect nonsense to me.


12 posted on 01/08/2010 11:02:42 AM PST by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Nachum

This is complete bullsh*t. What in the hell is the wrong with these people? Too bad prisoners, you screwed up and as part of your punishment, you don’t get to help decide who runs your county/state/country or the laws that get passed in voting either. Deal with it!

I cannot believe this is even a question when even our active duty service members absentee ballots don’t get counted 100% of the time.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2423956/posts


13 posted on 01/08/2010 11:03:08 AM PST by Grumpybutt
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This is so typical of the Democrats. They need the scum of the earth registered to vote (felons, illegal aliens, etc.) to help their cause.

This speaks volumes.

14 posted on 01/08/2010 11:05:25 AM PST by Allegra (It doesn't matter what this tagline says...the liberals are going to call it "racist.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’ll give the democrats their due, they will go anywhere and do anything to harvest the last vote. This is why they win elections. The coalition that shall govern us will consist of blacks, perverts, illegal aliens, felons, non-christians and in the near future the 12 to 17 demographic.


15 posted on 01/08/2010 11:06:10 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They should get their guns back too!

And we should furnish them bullets!


16 posted on 01/08/2010 11:06:33 AM PST by chris37
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Gee, I wonder, for which party convicted felons will tend to vote?/s


17 posted on 01/08/2010 11:06:57 AM PST by Signalman
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is there a bad segment of this earth’s population that the Democrats don’t support 100%?

We have come to a point in time when the dark side has more clearly defined itself, unified itself if you will, than ever before. And now, it’s global.

The implications of that are serious food for thought.


18 posted on 01/08/2010 11:11:16 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Good news. HC bill will not cover illegal aliens. Bad news. 20-35 million will be made citizens.)
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To: Allegra; Free ThinkerNY
This speaks volumes// This is the only way they will win .. I read Washington did the same thing calling it well racists. The 9th circuit reversed that one
19 posted on 01/08/2010 11:18:13 AM PST by ColdOne (ColdOne(Obama=Treason))
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To: Apple Blossom

post #2


20 posted on 01/08/2010 11:22:02 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: cotton1706
If a prisoner has served his time, I don’t have a problem with them, being citizens, voting.

You don't think 300,000 felons can determine results of an election?

Having brain-dead non-felons voting is a big enough societal handicap, as is the voting by non-citizens.
Do you want to live in a state where the laws are determined by criminals?

How many convictions do you think should make criminals permanently ineligible to vote?

Two?
Five?
Ten?
Twenty-five?

21 posted on 01/08/2010 11:37:22 AM PST by Publius6961 (…he's not America, he's an employee who hasn't risen to minimal expectations.)
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To: All

There are literally millions of convicted felons in the country. If the Dems can restore their voting rights and give voting rights to illegals as well as the ones they will bring in under the umbrella of shamnesty, that is going to be very difficult for Repubs or Conservatives to overcome. You could very well see Dems in office for perpetuity.

I firmly believe that’s their play.


22 posted on 01/08/2010 12:16:38 PM PST by Molon Labbie
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To: Publius6961

Good point. Repeat law-breakers should be limited in their affecting the making of law or of electing those that do. I don’t see a problem with that.

The principle that I was standing on is that the liberties that are taken away would be restored after time is served. But exceptions could and certainly should be made under law.


23 posted on 01/08/2010 12:45:41 PM PST by cotton1706
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To: Allegra

Attention felons: if you don’t want to lose your right to vote, don’t do the crime. Maybe it will be a deterrent.</s>


24 posted on 01/08/2010 2:54:51 PM PST by boop (Democracy is the theory that the people get the government they deserve, good and hard.)
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