Saturday, March 01, 2008
5.3 million sane and free adult Americans do not have the right to vote
In many states, once someone has "paid their debt to society" they may not be allowed to vote ever again. Of course, this depends on the accident of which state in which you live. While some people claim that this dates back to medieval days, when forfeiture of propery and of civil rights was part of conviction. However, this was largely abandoned in all English Common Law when many Southern States re-introduced it. This was probably motivated by a wish to restrict voting by African-Americans in a back door way. While about 17 states have some form of this, no one seems to be outraged by the inequity of it.