Skip to comments.Millions (of felons) blocked from voting in U.S. Election
Posted on 09/22/2004 10:49:44 AM PDT by MIT-Elephant
"Millions Blocked from Voting in U.S. Election"
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Millions of U.S. citizens, including a disproportionate number of black voters, will be blocked from voting in the Nov. 2 presidential election because of legal barriers, faulty procedures or dirty tricks, according to civil rights and legal experts.
The largest category of those legally disenfranchised consists of almost 5 million former felons who have served prison sentences and been deprived of the right to vote under laws that have roots in the post-Civil War 19th century and were aimed at preventing black Americans from voting.
But millions of other votes in the 2000 presidential election were lost due to clerical and administrative errors while civil rights organizations have cataloged numerous tactics aimed at suppressing black voter turnout. Polls consistently find that black Americans overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.
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This reporting makes me sick. Did the author just take last week's Kerry talking points and flesh it out? Anyone who is blocked from voting due to bureaucratic incompetence has a serious grievance. Same with threatening to arrest people at the polls (later in article). But what is that story about "mysterious people videotaping in line?" An army of voyeurs? Since when did a video camera qualify as intimidation?
As for driver's licenses, I think everyone should have to show a photo ID at a polling station. But read on - it all comes back to Florida for this reporter. No one in the press seems to fault the networks for calling the state for Gore before the panhandle had stopped voting, 'disenfranchising' thousands of voters who went home.
Oh well. I'm sure the illegal immigrant vote and New York-Florida double-voting will make up for it.
File this under "Too Effin' Bad"
You know when you are banking on the felon vote you are in trouble.
Felons lose their rights when they are covincted that is the plan and simple of it. after they have severed their time they can in certian case re apply of reinstatment of their rights, but I cannot belive that people wail and nash over this.
Well on the bright side, they can still get elected to the DC City Council.
This more of the LIBERAL DOUBLE STANDARD being SPUN BY THE MEDIA --- God, haven't we had enough from CBS....
The truth is NEVER PRESENTED IN PROPER PERSPECTIVE. What this liberal kool-aid drinker is ranting about, is that because FELONS CAN'T VOTE LEGALLY the liberal Dems are losing votes. How unfortunate...and it is a real OBSTACLE that these voters actually HAVE TO OBEY THE LAW --- that is a violation of liberal rights !!!!!
Makes me want to puke also -- remember the liberals handing out cigarettes to the homeless, cardboard-box-dwellers when Gore was running?? -- to get them to vote Democrat.
Sounds like just like any another liberal "Blame Whitey" story I've ever read.
OK, of what value is Yahoo? I mean I'm an IT pro for 30+ years, but have never had a use to even access Yahoo except when a story like this leads me there.
What is their business model? They appear to be ultra left, so I'm looking for a way to cause them pain.
In the last election the Democrats brought quite a few felons to the polls. The also visited the lunatic asylums and escorted inmates to the voting booths. Good to know who the Democrats think are their most reliable supporters. Not to speak of the most reliable Democrat voters of all--dead people.
Ahhhh, shucks! And here the dems have been getting buses to haul these guys into the polls, I'll bet. They got street people in one state last time and gave them cigarettes to vote, remember? When you're a liberal, you need an edge.
William the Impeached.
Don't do the crime if............
I am impressed by the ingenuity of Republicans. Way back in the 19th century they predicted that a disproportionate percentage of felons would be black. That's truly remarkable. The devil made them do it?
I read a columnist who argued for restoring felon voting rights (a reasonable discussion with good arguments on either side)...but he had one point that was nuts - "if felons were allowed to vote, Gore would have won Florida by a few thousand votes."
Grrreat. That's an argument? That's not an argument! The ends justify the means? How is that supposed to convince anyone? Where did that guy go to school?
Alan elsner, the author of this article, is a big prison-rights guy. and a loon...
Wow... I never thought Reuters would report any good news... I am shocked!
Yahoo! was one of the original "portals," i.e., web sites that competed to be selected by surfers as their Home Page. The first portal was Netscape, associated with the first browser.
It was a smart business model, and they have grown from their. The hard leftist twist in their news reporting is a more recent development, and some of it may simply be due to the fact that they reproduce wire service stories, and they are all getting further and further to the left.
Sorry, I just can't muster up any sympathy for the fact that criminals and insane people won't be allowed to vote. I only see that as a good thing. You must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of responsibility and inurement to civil responsibility in order to effect public policy in this country.
I can understand why Kerry would want those votes though. You'd have to be a criminal or insane to vote for him.
Next thing you know, they'll be wanting to deny the vote to aliens and dead people.
The author hasn't the sense to realize that to commit and be found guilty of a felony is to lose one's right to public participation - voting included. It's just one of the punishments.
How DARE they presume that barring criminals from voting will adversely affect the black community more than the white community?! They're RACISTS, RACISTS!!! Oh, wait, they're DEMOCRATS? Nevermind.
Felons lose a lot of rights when they are convicted. Good. Let's keep it that way and keep electing Republicans who are all for law and order.
DNC - Party of the felons, by the felons and for the felons.
That cigarette incident occured in my (latest) home state of Wisconsin, where Gore won by less than one vote per precinct. When my surgeon father visited a hospital in Chicago, the host doctor brought out some cadavers..."everybody be careful, these guys are still registered voters."
And another thing - why didn't Gore get more flack for having Young Richard Dailey involved in his campaign? Imagine if Bush had anyone peripherally connected with, say, the Nixon cabinet - we'd never hear the end of it. Remember Dailey's father delivered Chicago and the presidency to Kennedy.
A young man was applying for his DL. I was sitting right behind him and heard the whole conversation. His English was very bad. he was from Mexico. At no time did the examiner ask for a green card, proof of citizenship or anything. Her final words to him were, Do you want to register to vote? When I had my turn, I asked her, how do you know if this man is even a citizen? She replied, "We aren't required to ask!" I said, "Yes but you just registered him to vote? She said,"Well he said he was!" I was so stunned! I had always wondered how my former boss (who is not an American citizen) was able to vote the past few elections!
Motor Voter is FRAUD!
You're getting very close, but they are really trying to imply that being black is the felony.
This is one of the most incredibly stupid articles I've read here on FR. How, in good conscience - no strike that - with ANY conscience, can this reporter tie words like "felon" and "disenfranchised" in the same sentence? And then have the gall to blame this long-standing fact on the Republican Party. Indeed, the dims have gone off the deep end. Trying to elicit support for felons to vote is beyond the pale...
Well, if the "disproportioned number of black voters" were not a disproportionate part of the crime stats maybe they wouldn't have this problem. Thank you Jesse and Al and all the other race opportunists. Just keep 'em down on the plantation and your donations will continue. It would be the end of you if they actually learned about capitalism and self-sufficency, rather than victimhood.
What a waste of so many potential contributors to our society. Keep preaching your divisive rhetoric so they will send in the money.
And there ya have it.
Al, Al, the felons pal!
Ain't it sad? Actually, this kind of crap combined with all the non-citizen voting plus double-dipping seasoned citizens makes me lose my respect for the sanctity of the democracy...it makes me want to register in the three states I've lived in the past year and vouteur au trois. Although I'm not going to commit felony - I might unjustly lose my voting rights! *yack*
blah, blah, blah... they've been blocked for a while last i heard.
That said, we should start looking into a "Repatriation" process, where ex-cons can go before a court and show the court that they have stayed clean, crime free for say.... 7 years, and receive their right to vote back.
In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if such a procedure already exists.
Welcome to my world.
In the Peoples Republic of Maryland, MULTIPLY convicted felons have been given the right to vote now, in between trips to the slammer. Why? Because 65,000 black men were 'disenfranchised'. And now, the Demoncrat controlled House of Delegate wants to extend the voting INTO the prisons!!!!
People laughed at me when I said that the drug gangs were nothing more than Brown Shirts for the Dems. They aren't laughing about it anymore.
I'm soooooooooooo sad.
You think motor voter is bad. We have on the spot registration & all you have to bring as identification is something like a utility bill envelope to prove you're a resident. Even with that, it's not enough for the left, cuz they have registration drives going on. Even if exit polls in Wisconsin give the state to Bush by 10%, expect the state to go to Kerry.
It is truly amazing in the computer age we live in, that these problems can't be solved.
I mean, they could do it in stages.
There must be a way!!
Why should violent felons be able to vote in LIBERAL judges or legislators or governors who will use taxpayers money to provide more country club prisons for these vile animals? Who in turn will appoint sentencing commissions to recommend lenient sentences for these vile animals? As it is they only serve roughly 30% of their sentences on state level crimes. Or liberal parole board members.
By the way, my Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary defines a felon simply as, "a person who has committed a felony." How can anyone convicted of a felony become an ex-felon? A murderer is still a murderer years after his crime. Can we ever call him an ex-murderer?
I've thought the same thing since 2000. I thought Margaret Farrow was going to take the issue on. Here we are again, 4 years later & nothing has changed. At this point, I'm sure Doyle will veto any law passed to fix it.
Disproportionate based on what, blacks as a percentage of the overall population, or as a percentage of convicted felons? The "journalist" who put his/her name on this piece of DNC propaganda probably doesn't have the brains to think this deeply.
What else can can we expect from the Democrat Rooters (Reuters).
This is a disgustingly biased article and just one more example of the left-wing media in this country. This is supposed to be news?
Anytime we try and clean up the voter rolls and prevent multiple voting, these people are out screaming disenfrachisement, voter intimidation and suppression.
They want the system left the way it is so they can cheat...nothing else.