Skip to comments.Holder: State Laws That Bar Felons From Voting Are ‘Too Unjust to Tolerate’
Posted on 02/13/2014 10:00:07 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
(CNSNews.com) Three days after announcing that the U.S. Justice Department will recognize same-sex marriages in all legal matters, even in states that forbid it, Attorney General Eric Holder took a swipe at states that dont allow felons to vote.
In many states, felony disenfranchisement laws are still on the books. And the current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore -- it is also too unjust to tolerate, Holder told a criminal justice forum at Georgetown University Law Center.
Holder urged lawmakers to stand together in overturning an unfortunate and outdated status quo. And he called on the American people to join us in bringing about the end of misguided policies that unjustly restrict what's been called the most basic right of American citizenship.
These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed, he said.
Holder said state laws that bar felons from voting are not only unnecessary and unjust, they are also counterproductive because they perpetuate the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, increasing the likelihood that they will commit future crimes.
Such outdated laws have a disparate impact on minority communities, he said, suggesting that this is, at heart, a civil rights issue.
Of the 5.8 million Americans who cannot vote because of current or previous felony convictions, 2.2 million are black, Holder noted.
And although well over a century has passed since post-Reconstruction states used these measures to strip African Americans of their most fundamental rights, the impact of felony disenfranchisement on modern communities of color remains both disproportionate and unacceptable.
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Sarcasm ahead: "Gee, I wonder why Holder wants so many criminals to vote?"
Holder remaining as AG is too unjust to tolerate.
Let criminals vote?
Well, we do allow them to be President and Attorney General of the USA.....
I wonder if he feels that way about the quarter of a million gun owners that CT just made into felons with its new scary gun registration law.
Must give guys like G. Gordon Liddy his second amendment rights back.
and they are forced to go out and commit more crimes simply because they can’t vote anymore.
This turkey has “tolerance” for only laws and people he agrees with.
What a complete travesty it is that he’s the top law enforcement officer in the country.
I’m actually okay with that, just as long as the convicted felon can reverse whatever damage he’s done the lead to his felony convicton — brought whoever he’s killed back to life, unraped whoever he’s raped, etc. Otherwise TS. He’s lucky he didn’t end up hanging from a tree.
An AG and a President who flout the laws are too unjust to tolerate...
This is why the IRS and Elijiah Cummings are harrassing the people at “True the Vote”
They’ve managed to purge a lot of felons from the states voter rolls that the Democrats relied on for multiple ballots each election
if your state is one of the ‘intolerant’ states, when a ‘disenfranchised felon’ is released, make sure to release them into illinois
Does Holder think that he should be allowed to vote, even though he is widely known to have committed multiple felonies?
I thought he was too busy helping to rig elections to have much time to vote himself.
Hey Holder: Yo mama so fat _____________________ .
Actually, Holder makes sense from a moral equivalency point of view, in that, if felons can run the country, occupy office in DOJ, State Department, and White House, why shouldn’t they also be able to vote?
Notice that, as usual, it’s not because he gives a crud about felons, per se, but because, according to his own words, it affects “minorities” the most. And minorities, with him, of course means blacks.
At least there they can become governor.
If the majority of felons were conservative Republicans, Eric the Holder wouldn’t be whining so much about this. He wouldn’t touch it with a ten foot pole. He’s just working the voter registration rolls for his commie ‘RAT comrades. That’s all this is.
ie, if almost all felons were white, Holder wouldn’t be out there asking for this. he’d be saying how great it was all these criminal whites couldn’t vote.
I agree. I wonder if he’ll do an about-face on this when it starts hitting home that legal gun owners aren’t registering.
since it has nothing to do with race, he’d say it’s apples and oranges.
You’re right. Not to mention, all the hell he’ll put them through before that’s their primary concern.
Holder is untouchable. Politics again is proven to be the world’s oldest profession, no disrespect to more honorable prostitutes.
Gestapo General Holder has spoken: “Only Obey Laws that I can tolerate.”
“We need those RAT votes”, said Holder. “Obama is so unpopular, we can’t win without the criminal part of our base.”
When you commit a felony, you lose many rights. If that felony happens to be breaking into my house threatening my family, the first right you lose is your right to live. Voting is the least of your concerns.
Ask Eric if he thinks they should get their 2nd ammendment right back. :-)
He’s planning for his and Obama’s future.
I actually agree that if a felon has done his time, successfully completed his/her parole/probation and is back as a normal tax-paying citizen, then they should indeed be allowed to vote. Perhaps the only exception might be someone who has committed voter fraud in the past.
OK, we’ll give you felons if you’ll give us no voting for public assistance parasites.
I not only don’t want felons voting there should be a minimum IQ for the low information crowd....also no vote for welfare recipients!!!
I wonder if Holder is as anxious to give these Americans back their 2nd Amendment Rights?
- AG Eric Holder and b. hussein obama junior have financial/business ties to drug cartel kingpin Gutman