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  • Obama to Drum Up the Prison Vote (No surprise here)

    07/13/2015 2:25:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush ^ | July 13, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This is a little throwaway that I doubt anybody is gonna make a big deal of. This little story here is on Fox News: "Obama to be First Sitting President to Visit Federal Prison." Okay, that's good, Obama's gonna go visit a federal prison. Ah, presidents go places. Ah, no big deal, nothing to see here, no story. What's the big deal. Ah, but that's not the right way to look at this. "President Obama is set to tour Oklahoma’s El Reno Correctional Institution on Thursday, becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, the White House...
  • Brave new world: Mayor de Blasio bans NYC employers from asking applicants about criminal history

    06/30/2015 7:18:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m guessing this is the new face of equality. Or at least a redefinition of sanity. In any case, welcome to the Big Apple, employers! (From the NY Daily News) In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin. As crazy as this may sound, there’s actually a bit more to...
  • Obama plans clemency for hundreds of drug offenders

    04/21/2014 8:55:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 35 replies
    yahoo ^ | 4/21/14 | Liz Goodwin
    ....Thousands and thousands of people like [the woman described above].are serving punishingly long sentences in federal prison based on draconian policies that were a relic of the "tough on crime" antidrug laws of the '80s and '90s. Thirty years after skyrocketing urban violence and drug use sparked politicians to impose longer and longer sentences for drug crimes, America now incarcerates a higher rate of its population than any other country in the world. This dubious record has finally provoked a bipartisan backlash against such stiff penalties. The old laws are slowly being repealed. Now, in his final years in office,...
  • Little Pavel and the Orange Jumpsuits

    03/02/2014 4:01:10 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | March 2, 2014 A.D. | John F Di Leo
    Join our young campaign volunteer as he learns about the latest cause célčbre of the hard Left: the restoration of voting rights for felons... Pavel Syerov Jr. had been away at college, so he hadn’t stopped by the 51st Ward Party Headquarters in quite awhile. But he was home for the weekend, doing errands for his folks, when he found himself driving past Headquarters, and noticed that he had time to kill. He had a daunting essay to write for his Comparative Political Science class the next week, and writer’s block had hit; perhaps stopping by to see Pockets and...
  • Holder wants felons to vote

    02/11/2014 11:41:17 AM PST · by servo1969 · 52 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 2-11-2014 | William A. Jacobson
    I wonder who he thinks they will vote for? Let me think about that a while, ahem, tough call. Eric Holder wants millions of convicted felons to vote, urging states to change existing laws. Holder Urges States to Repeal Bans on Felons’ Voting: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday urged states to repeal laws that prohibit felons from voting, a move that would restore the right to vote to millions of people. The call was mostly symbolic — Mr. Holder has no authority to enact these changes himself — but it marked the attorney general’s latest effort to...
  • Holder: Restore felons' voting rights

    02/11/2014 8:11:08 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 2/11/14 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    People convicted of felonies should not forever lose their right to vote, according to Attorney General Eric Holder. In remarks prepared for delivery at a criminal justice conference Tuesday, Holder takes aim at state laws which strip voting rights from those convicted of serious crimes. "It is time to fundamentally rethink laws that permanently disenfranchise people who are no longer under federal or state supervision," Holder is to tell the Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights Criminal Justice Forum at Georgetown law school. "These restrictions are not only unnecessary and unjust, they are also counterproductive. By perpetuating the stigma...
  • Jail survey: Nearly 3/4 felons register as Democrats

    12/31/2013 6:06:22 PM PST · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    washington examiner ^ | december 31, 2013 | paul bedard
    A new study of how criminals vote found that most convicts register Democratic, a key reason in why liberal lawmakers and governors are eager for them to get back into the voting booth after their release. “Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation,” said the authoritative study in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
  • Jail survey: 7 in 10 felons register as Democrats

    01/01/2014 4:44:32 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-1-14 | Paul Bedard
    A new study of how criminals vote found that most convicts register Democratic, a key reason in why liberal lawmakers and governors are eager for them to get back into the voting booth after their release. “Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation,” said the authoritative study in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The authors, professors from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, found that in some states, felons register Democratic by more than six-to-one. In New York, for example, 61.5 percent of convicts are Democrats, just 9 percent Republican. They also cited...
  • In Va., bid to restore rights to nonviolent felons

    07/15/2013 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2013 6:00 PM EDT | Steve Szkotak
    The door opened Monday for tens of thousands of nonviolent felons in Virginia to regain the right to vote, with state officials outlining steps each will have to take to recapture their basic civil rights. Gov. Bob McDonnell has said up to 100,000 disenfranchised felons ultimately could be added to the voter rolls, serve on a jury or hold political office.“For past offenders, our goal is to grant civil rights back to as many as possible,” McDonnell said in a statement. “This is the right thing to do for all Virginians to help make the commonwealth a safer and better...
  • Leftist Virginia Organizing in VA pushes for more felons voting (BARF ALERT)

    07/10/2013 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies
    From an email
    Dear Supporter, We have a unique opportunity in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell is currently considering which felonies should be categorized as “non-violent” for the purpose of the new, more streamlined restoration of civil rights process that will go into effect as early as next week. Right now, there are several felonies arbitrarily classified as “violent,” like breaking and entering or drug possession with intent to distribute. Those particular felonies disproportionately affect people of color and communities in poverty. We need your help. Will you take the time to email Governor Bob McDonnell and ask that he take the broadest approach...
  • Tides Foundation behind push to restore felon voting rights in Virginia

    06/26/2013 3:56:19 AM PDT · by mgist · 19 replies
    Washington times ^ | 6/24/13 | Bre Payton
    Who is funding the efforts to get ex-felons registered to vote in Virginia? Apparently it’s the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation. The foundation has long supported felony rights restoration by writing large checks to groups that work with states to register former felons. In the past, the foundation set up the Civic Participation Fund, which was aimed at aiding social-change organizations focused in new-majority communities that “need money, and need it fast,” the Tides website says. The fund, formerly known as the Voter Action Fund, granted more than $8 million to advocacy groups “working to address the legal, procedural, and technological...
  • Md. city lowers voting age for its elections to 16

    05/14/2013 11:35:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2013 9:40 PM EDT
    A small Maryland city just outside the Washington, D.C., city limits has voted to lower the voting age for city elections to 16. … The council also voted to allow convicted felons who have served their time to vote. …
  • Ariel Castro, Cleveland Kidnapper, Is a Registered Democrat

    05/09/2013 7:29:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/09/2013 | By Oleg Atbashian
    According to voter registration records, Ariel Castro, the Cleveland kidnapper, is a registered Democrat. He was also the alleged leader among the three Castro brothers, who were arrested this week, and the owner of the house at 2207 Seymour Ave., where the three abducted local women had been kept in captivity for over a decade. Why is this important? Whenever a crime or a scandal captures national attention, the pattern in the mainstream media is to either identify the culprit as a Republican or hold silence -- in which case we can rest assured that the culprit is a Democrat....
  • Va. governor restores Scooter Libby’s vote rights

    03/03/2013 11:59:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 28, 2013 10:46 PM EST
    Former vice presidential adviser I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is among more than 1,000 felons whose voting rights were restored in the past year by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, according to a report to the General Assembly. Libby’s name is listed in the Feb. 23 report on pardons, commutations, reprieves and other forms of clemency the Republican governor is required to submit annually. Without elaboration, the report says Libby’s civil rights were restored Nov. 1, 2012. … In Virginia, only the governor can restore felons’ civil rights. McDonnell has streamlined the process and, consequently, has restored the rights of more than...
  • Dane Co. (Madison, WI) Sheriff says he won't stop felon voters

    10/09/2012 4:54:40 PM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 35 replies
    Media Trackers ^ | 10/08/12 | Brian Sikma
    In a battleground state where voter fraud has been an issue in previous presidential elections, one leading county sheriff is saying his office won’t stop ineligible felon voters from casting a ballot. An internal memo from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office instructed deputies and other staff assigned to the county jail to facilitate the absentee ballot requests of inmates. Sent from Lt. Mark Twombly, the memo specifically instructed law enforcement officials to not check on the felony status of inmates and to help everyone vote regardless of their criminal record. In Wisconsin an individual serving jail time for a felony...
  • NAACP takes bid to ensure US ex-con voting to UN

    09/25/2012 5:42:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    AP ^ | 9/25/2012 | JAMEY KEATEN
    The NAACP is taking to the U.N. its effort to ensure that all former convicted felons in the United States can vote. A delegation from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was holding meetings Tuesday at the United Nation's Geneva office in part to press the world body to send observers to the U.S. for this year's elections. The diplomatic push comes against the backdrop of a related — and vigorous — debate about requirements in some states for would-be voters to provide proper identification before they can cast ballots. The NAACP says nearly 6 million U.S....
  • Was Al Franken elected by 1000 felons?

    08/09/2012 1:37:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Post ^ | 08/09/2012 | Abby W. Schachter
    As Byron York notes in his explosive column , opponents of voter ID laws like to argue its a solution in search of a problem. But when 1100 felons vote in a tight election and the result was decided by just 312 votes, maybe there really is a problem with voter fraud. And that's just what happened in Minnesota in 2008, when Democrat Al Franken beat Republican Norm Coleman by 312 votes, giving a filibuster-proof majority to the Democrats so they could end up passing Obamacare. The Minnesota Senate result was contested by Franken and an army of lawyers who...
  • Big-name Florida felon's mailbox surprise: a new voter card

    06/19/2012 6:30:32 AM PDT · by Jacvin · 45 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 6/19/2012 | Jack Furnari
    At the center of one of the most widely publicized public corruption cases in Palm Beach County history, Kevin McCarty’s name is one that rarely goes unrecognized these days. And yet it failed to ring a single bell in the Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor’s Office recently, when elections workers sent McCarty a brand-new voter registration card – little more than a year after returning home from prison and despite a felon status that makes him constitutionally ineligible to vote. This at a time when the state and federal government continue to do battle, suing each other even, over how...
  • Santorum defends support for restoring felons’ voting rights

    01/16/2012 9:23:33 AM PST · by detective · 153 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 16, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    COLUMBIA, S.C. — Rick Santorum pushed back Monday morning against a series of ads being run against him on his record on earmarks, labor issues and a vote he took in 2002 that would have forced states to let felons' voting rights be restored when they completed their sentences. Mr. Santorum, a former senator from Pennsylvania, is demanding the felon charge be stricken from an ad being run by a political group backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of his opponents in the Republican presidential primary.
  • Felonious assault on U.S. elections

    07/13/2010 7:06:57 PM PDT · by Man50D · 12 replies ^ | July 13, 2010 | Aaron Klein
    A federal bill that seeks to restore voting rights in national elections to felons released from prison previously was a pet project of the radical Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN. Meanwhile, Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was briefed on state laws governing voting-rights restoration for former felons encountered during general voter-registration drives. The information comes as a study released this week by Minnesota Majority, a watchdog group, found the six-month election recount that determined Al Franken won the Minnesota Senate seat may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally.
  • Felons have lost their right to vote

    06/16/2010 12:22:11 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 62 replies · 700+ views
    Juneau Empire ^ | June 16, 2010 | Sharon Browne and Roger Clegg
    Every state in the country except two - Maine and Vermont - prohibits at least some felons from voting. In January, a panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that the state of Washington is violating the federal Voting Rights Act by disenfranchising felons. Now the full 9th Circuit has decided to hear the case, Farrakhan v. Gregoire. The case has implications for all nine states within the 9th Circuit's jurisdiction, including California. Every other federal court of appeals so far has ruled against using the Voting Rights Act to give felons the right to vote. The...
  • Glenn Beck: Expanding Obama's Coalition (voting rights for ex-cons)

    03/25/2010 1:57:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 462+ views ^ | March 25, 2010
    This is a rush transcript from "Glenn Beck," March 24, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. GLENN BECK, HOST: There is a proposal that is getting very little attention. It's not time yet, it's kind of softening the earth. It's called the Democracy Restoration Act of 2009 — wow, it sounds patriotic, doesn't it? So, what's the act? It's a proposal to restore voting rights of up to 4 million released felons. Now, here's the opening salvo from Sunday's New York Times editorial: "Millions of ex-offenders who have released from prison are...
  • Letting crooks & illegals vote-Democrats plan to manipulate elections with universal registration

    01/06/2010 6:43:22 PM PST · by JohnRLott · 89 replies · 4,181+ views
    Washington Times ^ | January 7, 2010 | Editorial
    Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, and Rep. Barney Frank, Massachusetts Democrat, have plans to ram through legislation that will produce universal voter registration. No matter what they claim, the rule changes will make it possible for illegal aliens to register to vote and for others to register multiple times. The proposal is to register everyone on every welfare list, everyone getting unemployment insurance, everyone with a driver's license, everyone who has had run-ins with the legal system, everyone owning any property - basically everyone on every list the government keeps. People will be registered to vote whether or...
  • 9th Circuit says imprisoned WA felons can vote

    01/05/2010 5:54:34 PM PST · by Robwin · 46 replies · 1,601+ views ^ | 01/05/2010 | Associated Press
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- A federal appeals court has ruled that imprisoned felons should be allowed to vote in Washington state to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act. Tuesday's 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the 2000 ruling of a district judge in Spokane. That judge had ruled that state law did not violate the act, and dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former prison inmate from Bellevue. The two appellate judges ruled that disparities in the state's justice system "cannot be explained in race-neutral ways."
  • Kaine urges nonviolent offenders to seek rights restoration

    11/26/2009 5:46:01 PM PST · by blueyon · 23 replies · 830+ views
    Richmond Times ^ | 11/25/09 | Jim Nolan
    Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, who leaves office in January, today encouraged people with nonviolent felony convictions who have paid their debt to society to apply to have their voting rights restored. Speaking on his monthly call-in radio show on WTOP in Washington, Kaine noted that both he and his predecessor as governor, Mark R. Warner, have restored the rights of more Virginians than any of the previous governors of the commonwealth combined. Virginia and Kentucky are the only states that require people who have lost their rights through felony convictions to apply for reinstatement. In addition to voting rights, convicted...
  • Virginia Gov Tim Kaine asked to restore 300,000 felons' rights before McDonnell takes over

    11/20/2009 5:13:59 PM PST · by HokieMom · 31 replies · 1,200+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 20 2009 | AP
    RICHMOND | Civil rights organizations are asking Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine to sign an executive order restoring the rights of nearly 300,000 felons before he leaves office in January. Virginia and Kentucky are the only two states that permanently strip felons of their civil rights, such as voting, serving on juries or holding public office. In Virginia, the power to restore those rights lies solely with the governor. Mr. Kaine has restored rights to more than 4,000, felons, a greater number than under any other Virginia governor. He and former Gov. Mark Warner, a fellow Democrat, restored more altogether than...
  • Ex-Con Jim Traficant Weighs Reelection to House

    09/15/2009 9:18:23 PM PDT · by kingattax · 24 replies · 806+ views
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 15, 2009 | DEVIN DWYER
    Former Ohio Democrat Eligible to Run, But Does He Have Support? --- He may be down, but don't count him out. Former Democratic congressman James Traficant, fresh off completing a seven year prison term for a bribery and racketeering conviction, says he has not ruled out running for Congress again. "I'm not sure at this point," Traficant told CNN on Monday when asked if he would seek reelection. "Both parties would not want to see me in Washington, believe me… I was very controversial down there." Traficant, known for his flamboyant appearance and fiery political speeches, served nine terms representing...
  • 3,900 stimulus checks went to prison inmates

    08/26/2009 7:34:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 826+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 26, 2009 | Stephen Ohlemacher
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government sent about 3,900 economic stimulus payments of $250 each this spring to people who were in no position to use the money to help stimulate the economy: prison inmates. The checks were part of the massive economic recovery package approved by Congress and President Barack Obama in February. About 52 million Social Security recipients, railroad retirees and those receiving Supplemental Security Income were eligible for the one-time checks. Prison inmates are generally ineligible for federal benefits. However, 2,200 of the inmates who received checks got to keep them because, under the law, they were...
  • Opps. Feds give Stimulus Money to Convicts

    08/25/2009 3:11:05 PM PDT · by 51773photo · 3 replies · 433+ views
    Barry's Obamanation ^ | 8-25-09 | Jesse Ellis
    There is no way, a freeloading governmental health plan, run by civil servants with little or no accountability can ever hope to compete against the profit driven private sector, who's very existence and survival is on the line daily, prompting a degree of responsibility, quality and customer satisfaction that assures fewer mistakes are made, and insuring by the very nature of capitalism, an ever expanding thirst for better, faster, and cheaper service....
  • Stimulus Checks Mistakenly Sent to 1,700 Inmates, Federal Agency Says

    08/25/2009 1:22:36 PM PDT · by mware · 59 replies · 3,526+ views
    NFox News ^ | Aug 25, 2009 | By Judson Berger
    The inspector general's office for the Social Security Administration is looking into the problem as part of its broader audit on stimulus spending. The Social Security Administration acknowledged the $425,000 glitch following a report that nearly two-dozen inmates in Massachusetts had wrongly received the $250 stimulus checks.
  • The New Fashion Rage in Mug Shots

    06/22/2009 8:52:08 AM PDT · by Cicero · 16 replies · 2,358+ views
    Snopes ^ | Jan 14, 2009
  • EDITORIAL: The Franchise For Felons: Sotomayor Would Let Prisoners Vote

    05/29/2009 7:49:13 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 571+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 29th 2009
    EDITORIAL: The franchise for felons Sotomayor would let prisoners vote May 29, 2009 Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor wants to give jailbirds the right to vote. It's her opinion that the federal Voting Rights Act can be used to force states to allow voting by currently imprisoned felons. Ms. Sotomayor's dissenting opinion in a 2006 felon-voting case should make senators extremely wary of confirming her for the high court. In Hayden v. Pataki, a number of inmates in New York state filed suit claiming that because blacks and Latinos make up a disproportionate share of the prison population, the state's...
  • Felon Voting: Another Troubling Sotomayor Decision

    05/29/2009 11:34:23 AM PDT · by pissant · 7 replies · 464+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 5/29/09 | Hans Von Spavkosky
    One of the biggest annoyances to the Left in recent years has been the Constitutional right of states to prohibit felons from voting. They have filed lawsuit after lawsuit (unsuccessfully) under the Voting Rights Act trying to overturn these laws. Fortunately, except for the Ninth Circuit (as usual), other circuit courts of appeal have properly recognized the constitutional authority of the states and have also held that the legislative history shows that Congress obviously did not consider such state laws to be subject to the prohibitions in the Voting Rights Act. The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution specifically recognizes the...
  • The Franchise for Felons: Sotomayor Would Let Prisoners Vote

    05/28/2009 7:39:44 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 52 replies · 1,510+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 28, 2009 | Editorial
    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor wants to give jailbirds the right to vote. It's her opinion that the federal Voting Rights Act can be used to force states to allow voting by currently imprisoned felons.
  • WA Bill Would Smooth Voting Restoration For Felons

    03/21/2009 3:09:02 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 10 replies · 404+ views
    KiroTV ^ | 3/21/09
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- For tens of thousands of convicted felons in Washington state, only one thing stands between them and the ballot box: debt. The Associated Press reported that under current law, felons can't vote until they have served their sentences, including the completion of any parole or probation, and paid all restitution and other court fees. A measure to remove that payment requirement -- opponents say it's akin to a modern-day "poll tax" -- has passed the House and awaits action in the Senate. If it becomes law, felons could simply re-register to vote once they're no longer in...
  • Hawaii State Senate approves voting by incarcerated felons

    03/11/2009 3:21:09 PM PDT · by AndrewWalden · 16 replies · 756+ views
    Hawai`i Free Press ^ | 3-11-09 |
    The only senator to verbally challenge Espero was Sen. Sam Slom, R-Hawaii Kai, who joked that this is the premier bill presented by the “criminal lobby.”
  • US states may axe executions to cut costs

    02/17/2009 9:06:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 36 replies · 1,012+ views
    AFP ^ | Feb. 17, 2009
    In an unexpected twist to the economic crisis, several US states are weighing whether to abolish the death penalty as the execution process proves too great a drain on dwindling resources. Death penalty laws remain on the books of 36 of the 50 US states, and capital punishment is supported by some two-thirds of the American public. But across the nation, states as diverse and far-flung as Montana, Kansas, New Mexico and Maryland are among those actively considering abolishing capital punishment in a bid to overcome ballooning budget shortfalls. "It is quite unusual that we've seen this blossoming of state...
  • The new fashion statement for mug shots! Change we can believe in.

    01/12/2009 1:53:07 PM PST · by RolandTignor · 32 replies · 3,292+ views
    via email ^ | 1-12-09 | unknown
    Interesting correlation Chicago police dept has no mugshots with Bush on their t-shirts. This was sent by a Chicago Police Officer, by the way...
  • Caption these Obama lovers in the pokey

    12/17/2008 12:04:45 PM PST · by RDTF · 23 replies · 1,518+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | Dec 17, 2008
  • Felon who got break for voting skips court date (MN)

    11/13/2008 12:54:18 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 335+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 11-13-08 | ap
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—A convicted felon who got a break from a judge who delayed his sentencing so he could vote failed to show up in court. Twenty-four-year-old Javontez Lavel Ross pleaded guilty to a drug charge Sept. 11. Ramsey County District Judge Margaret Marrinan agreed then to delay his sentencing so he could vote in what she called a "historic election." Felons can't vote until they finish serving their prison time and probation. When Ross failed to return to court Wednesday, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Marrinan said she didn't regret granting the delay.
  • A Passaic County first: Inmates vote from jail

    11/07/2008 3:13:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 755+ views ^ | 11.07.08 | PAUL BRUBAKER
    Being behind bars didn’t bar some Passaic County Jail inmates from voting this week. In what some officials are saying is a first for the county, 22 men and women in the jail’s cell blocks used absentee ballots to vote. "We’ve been encouraging any inmates who are eligible under the law to vote," said Bill Maer, spokesman for the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, which runs the jail. "This is one of the first times we had a concentrated program to encourage inmates to participate in the election." Nearly all of the eligible inmates who cast a ballot registered to vote...
  • Voter fraud in Minneapolis? ( ACORN’s registration of convicted felons — from prison)

    11/04/2008 11:21:15 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 1,458+ views
    Hot Air ^ | November 4, 2008 10:40 am | Ed Morrissey
    Our local Fox affiliate in the Twin Cities gave a last-minute update on ACORN and its efforts to register voters, over and over again.  The latest scandal appears to be ACORN’s registration of convicted felons — from prison: Tomorrow may set a record for voter turnout in Minnesota, but the Fox 9 Investigators discovered one group registered to vote, who shouldn’t be voting at all. They’re convicted felons, and in some cases they’re registering to vote from prison. How is that possible? Reporter Tom Lyden searched hundreds of thousands of data records to find the answers. Fox 9 does not...
  • Washington State Having Difficulty Removing Felons From Voter Database [ Work Harder ]

    11/02/2008 7:06:54 AM PST · by Son House · 11 replies · 534+ views
    Government Technology Magazine ^ | Oct 17, 2008 | Government Technology Magazine
    "Ever since we launched the statewide voter registration database back in January, 2006, we have been able to remove 160,000 invalid registrations, including a number who were signed up in more than one county, voters who had died, and convicted felons who have not had their voting rights restored," said state Elections Director Nick Handy. "But we would be the first to acknowledge that dealing with felon voters is a work in progress. Ultimately, we need state lawmakers to clear the way by passing reform legislation." The state aggressively uses reliable and current data to scrub the voter rolls four...
  • Fairfax County elections staff visited jail to register inmates (Ohio Dem Imported)

    10/24/2008 6:50:56 AM PDT · by jessduntno · 31 replies · 745+ views
    Examiner Staff Writer ^ | 10/22/08 | William C. Flook
    Fairfax County elections staff visited jail to register inmates By William C. Flook Examiner Staff Writer 10/8/08 Inmates at the Fairfax County jail were encouraged to register and vote last week by elections officials making what the county’s sheriff called the first visit of its kind in his 30 years with the county. That voter turnout effort is now being defended by county officials, but blasted by Republicans who called it an attempt to influence what could be a close presidential election in the commonwealth. Both Fairfax County General Registrar Rokey Suleman and Sheriff Stan Barry deny any wrongdoing in...
  • Voter turnout efforts extend to jail inmates

    10/18/2008 7:07:26 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 12 replies · 522+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | Oct 19, 2008 | Matthew Bowers
    PORTSMOUTH Sheriff Bill Watson wanted to get absentee ballots to a special group of shut-ins who won't be able to make it to the polls on Election Day: the prisoners in his jail. Last week, he offered applications to inmates. One hundred fifty-three of them wanted to vote, but only 17 inmates were registered and will receive ballots, Lt. Karin Johnson, a spokeswoman, said Friday. Registration drives have caused the commonwealth's voter rolls to swell since the last presidential election. Law-and-order candidates needn't worry too much, though. As in the 580-prisoner Portsmouth City Jail, a modest number of inmates are...
  • Former Civil Rights Leader Gets 15 Years for Sex With Daughter

    10/17/2008 8:43:22 AM PDT · by RecallMoran · 10 replies · 894+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2008 | jonathan mummolo
    McCahill imposed the full 15 years that a jury in April said Bevel should serve for having sex with one of his daughters in the 1990s, when they lived in Leesburg. Under Virginia law, McCahill could decrease, but not increase, the jury's sentence. Bevel's attorney, Deputy Public Defender Bonnie H. Hoffman, told McCahill that it would be regrettable if a man "who brought the vote to so many people" did not get to cast a ballot in such a historic election as this year's. Hoffman said she will appeal.
  • 30,000 - 60,000 felons registered to vote in FL

    10/13/2008 7:35:47 PM PDT · by pabianice · 33 replies · 1,153+ views
    Fox News Live | 10/13/08
    Just on Fox. 30,000 for sure; another 30,000 "can't be verified yet." This election is being stolen in front of our eyes.
  • Many convicted felons remain on voter rolls

    10/12/2008 1:12:34 PM PDT · by CE2949BB · 10 replies · 496+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | October 12, 2008 | Peter Franceschina, et all
    Thousands who should be ineligible are registered to vote More than 30,000 Florida felons who by law should have been stripped of their right to vote remain registered to cast ballots in this presidential battleground state, a Sun Sentinel investigation has found.
  • *Barf Alert* Why Millions of African-Americans Won't Vote For Obama

    10/04/2008 11:27:57 PM PDT · by TypeZoNegative · 38 replies · 1,343+ views
    University of Saint Thomas | 2008 | Shawn Stuckey
    When the election rolls around in November, a large, traditionally Democratic constituency will be missing. Many would expect this constituency to come out in droves to support Barack Obama, but this group of men will not cast their ballot for the African-American presumptive Democratic presidential candidate. These men will be noticeably absent from the polls, not because of apathy or anger or any of the other traditional voting deterrents; these men will remain away from the voting booths because they are legally prohibited due to felon disenfranchisement laws. Felon disenfranchisement laws have resulted in the loss of the right to...
  • Push to register felons to vote could aid Obama

    10/05/2008 1:56:09 AM PDT · by XR7 · 21 replies · 801+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 10/5/08
    RICHMOND, Va. - Undaunted by the heat, James Bailey spent his late-summer afternoons walking Virginia's bleakest neighborhoods on the hunt for ex-cons — each a potential voter who might cast the decisive ballot in this hotly contested state. Finding them isn't the hard part. It's getting them to admit that a past mistake has kept them from the ballot box. "People are really, really reluctant to say, 'I lost my rights to vote,'" Bailey said of his quest, which continued in the run-up to Monday's registration deadline in Virginia for the November election. Nationally, there are roughly 4 million released...