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    Felon voting rights expanded in 23 states

    Felon voting rights expanded in 23 states

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    By Krissah Thompson
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, October 19, 2010; 1:37 PM

    A study of felony disenfranchisement laws has found that 800,000 former felons have been returned to the voter rolls in the past decade.

    A push by criminal justice advocates and civil rights groups to rewrite state laws that sometimes place lifetime voting bans on felons has resulted in 23 states amending their policies since 1997 to expand voter eligibility, according to a report out by the Sentencing Project.

    Nine states repealed or reduced their lifetime voting bans, and eight states made it easier for former felons to appeal to have their voting rights restored.

    Those changes were made despite "political challenges that hinder reform and can make it difficult for elected officials to extend civil rights to persons with felony convictions," said Nicole Porter, author of the report and the Sentencing Project's state advocacy coordinator.

    Existing policies vary from state to state, with Kentucky and Virginia denying ex-felons the right to vote - even after they have completed parole or probation sentences. Both states require individuals to apply to the governor for restoration of civil rights.

    Other states have changed those policies. Rhode Island repealed a state prohibition on parolees voting, resulting in the restoration of voting rights to more than 15,000 people. Maryland made a similar change resulting in 52,000 ex-felons regaining the right to vote.

    Changes to voting laws have come from both Republicans and Democrats.

    In Florida, black state legislators led the fight for a decade before populist Republican Gov. Charlie Crist pushed through the change shortly after being elected in 2006. The legislation permits many nonviolent felons to vote as long as they have no charges pending, have paid restitution and have completed probation. About 152,000 ex-felons are now on voter rolls there.

    Then-Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack (D) restored voting rights to almost 100,000 ex-felons, and New Mexico's repeal of a lifetime voting ban for felons affected 69,000 people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Newmexican
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    Republican Gov. Charlie Crist pushed through the change shortly after being elected in 2006.
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    As I said, more Democrats. Charlie Christ doesn't really have a political party, he just has a political lust - he doesn't count!!! JMO.

    Felons Voting Illegally May Have Put Franken Over the Top in Minnesota, Study Finds
    By Ed Barnes

    Published July 12, 2010
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    A study finds that at least 341 convicted felons voted illegally in the election that made former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken a U.S. senator in 2008.
    The six-month election recount that turned former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota's Twin Cities.

    That's the finding of an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman.

    The final recount vote in the race, determined six months after Election Day, showed Franken beat Coleman by 312 votes -- fewer votes than the number of felons whose illegal ballots were counted, according to Minnesota Majority's newly released study, which matched publicly available conviction lists with voting records.

    Furthermore, the report charges that efforts to get state and federal authorities to act on its findings have been "stonewalled."

    "We aren't trying to change the result of the last election. That legally can't be done," said Dan McGrath, Minnesota Majority's executive director. "We are just trying to make sure the integrity of the next election isn't compromised."

    He said his group was largely ignored when it turned over a list of hundreds of names to prosecutors in two of the state's largest counties, Ramsey and Hennepin, where fraud seemed to be the greatest.

    A spokesman for both county attorneys' offices belittled the information, saying it was "just plain wrong" and full of errors, which prompted the group to go back and start an in-depth look at the records.

    "What we did this time is irrefutable," McGrath said. "We took the voting lists and matched them with conviction lists and then went back to the records and found the roster lists, where voters sign in before walking to the voting booth, and matched them by hand.

    "The only way we can be wrong is if someone with the same first, middle and last names, same year of birth as the felon, and living in the same community, has voted. And that isn't very likely."

    The report said that in Hennepin County, which in includes Minneapolis, 899 suspected felons had been matched on the county's voting records, and the review showed 289 voters were conclusively matched to felon records. The report says only three people in the county have been charged with voter fraud so far.

    A representative of the Hennepin County attorney's office, who declined to give her name, said "there was no one in the office today to talk about the charges."

    But the report got a far different review in Ramsey County, which contains St. Paul. Phil Carruthers of the Ramsey County attorney's office said his agency had taken the charges "very seriously" and found that the Minnesota Majority "had done a good job in their review."

    The report says that in Ramsey, 460 names on voting records were matched with felon lists, and a further review found 52 were conclusive matches.

    Carruthers attributed differences in the numbers to Minnesota Majority's lack of access to nonpublic information, such as exact birth dates and other court records. For example, he said, "public records might show a felon was given 10 years probation, but internal records the county attorney has might show that the probation period was cut to five and the felon was eligible to vote."

    Carruthers said Ramsey County is still investigating all the names and has asked that more investigators be hired to complete the process. "So far we have charged 28 people with felonies, have 17 more under review and have 182 cases still open," he said. "And there is a good chance we may match or even exceed their numbers."

    McGrath says the report shows that more still has to be done.

    "Prosecutors have to act more swiftly in prosecuting cases from the 2008 election to deter fraud in the future," he said, "and the state has to make sure that existing system, that flags convicted felons so voting officials can challenge them at the ballot, is effective. In 90 percent of the cases we looked at, the felons weren't flagged."

    "If the state had done that," he said, "things might be very different today."
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/07 ... udy-finds/

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    Democrat Voter Fraud? Sen. Al Franken in Minnesota May Have Benefited from Voter Fraud,

    Findings Show Convicted Felons Voted in Election
    Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on July 12, 2010


    Al Franken may have won US Senate election in Minnesota through voter fraud

    Why is it when voter fraud is discovered, just about 100% of the votes cast are for DEMOCRAT CANDIDATES?

    Most of us thought that SNL leftist alumni Al Franken getting elected to the US Senate in Minnesota last year was funny… and not in a “funny-ha ha
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    List of Republican felons and their indicted brathern

    List of Republican felons and their indicted brathern 1998-2008

    Abramoff, Jack
    Adams, Tom
    Adams, Jim
    Aiken, Steve
    Alishtari, Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali
    Allen, Bob
    Allen, Claude
    Allen, Bill
    Alonos, Miram
    Anderson, Tom
    Ankeney, Randal David
    Aragoncillo, Leandro
    Atchison, John David R.
    Bakker, Jim
    Barclay, Bruce
    Barnes, Martin G.
    Barter, Merrill Robert
    Beaird, John
    Bena, Parker J.
    Beres, Lou
    Beverage, Sam
    Biggins, Bob
    Binder, Alan
    Bird, Calvin
    Bland, Wilton Frederick
    Blessing, Louis
    Bloom, Philip H.
    Blundell, Brian
    Bobrick, Bill
    Boggio, Scott
    Botes, Stephan
    Boylan, Joe
    Brady, Kevin
    Brock, Darrell
    Broderick, Thomas
    Brooks, Howard L.
    Brown, Shawn
    Bryan, John
    Bundy, Ted
    Burcham, Tom
    Burghoff, Matthew
    Burt, John Allen
    Butler, John
    Cagle, Charles "Chig"
    Cappelli, Angelo
    Carona, Deborah
    Carona, Michael S.
    Carpenter, Jared
    Carroll, Cherie
    Casamento, Ricahard
    Casseday, Randall
    Childers, W.D.
    Childs, Keola
    Cianci, Vincent
    Clark, Donald Ross
    Coan, Kevin
    Collins, John J.
    Colyandro, John
    Condos, James
    Constantine, Lee
    Cooper, Nathan
    Corrigan, Larry
    Cortelyou, Scott Eller
    Coughlin ,Paul
    Coutretsis, Andrea
    Cowdery, John
    Craig, Larry
    Cramer, Carey Lee
    Crawford, Lester
    Cunningham, Randy “Duke”
    Curtin, John R.
    Dasen Sr., Richard A.
    Davis, Ronnie
    Davison, Pat
    DeLay, Tom
    Delgaudio, Richard A.
    DeShon, Ronnie Gene
    Dibble, Peter
    Dickens, Joshua
    Disponett, Dave
    Doolittle, John
    Doyle, Dan
    Doyle, Victoria
    Doyle, Brian J.
    Druce, Thomas
    Druen, Dan
    Elizondo, Nicholas
    Ellef ,Peter
    Elliott, Matthew Joseph
    Ellis, James
    Fabian, Alan
    Fawell, Scott
    Federici, Italia
    Fields, Vincent
    Fleischman, Donald
    Fletcher, Earnie
    Floren, Livvy
    Flory, Michael
    Floyd, Larry Dale
    Foggo, Kyle “Dusty”
    Fossella, Vito J.
    Fox., Galen
    Franklin, Larry
    Gallagher, Dennis
    Gardner, Richard
    Garofalo, Dave
    Gillin, William
    Giordano, Philip
    Glavin, Matthew
    Gosek, John
    Goyette, Richard R.
    Graves, David
    Grethen, Mark A.
    Griles, J. Steven
    Groe, Trish
    Habay, Jeffrey
    Hamilton Jr., John J.
    Hansen, Shaun
    Harbin, Ben
    Harding, Russell
    Harris, Mark
    Hazlette, Tim
    Healy, Chris
    Heaton, William
    Heldreth, Howard Scott
    Hicks, Brian
    Hiller, Bradley R.
    Hintz, Mike
    Hoffman, Debra V.
    Holland, Robert
    Holt, Delecia
    Hooks Sr., Michael
    Hopfengardner, Bruce D.
    Horsley, Neal
    Houchen, Pamela J.
    Hughes, J. Marshall
    Hurley, Steven M.
    Iadanza, Richard
    Matricarid, Edmund III
    Isenhour, James K.
    Jacoby, Mark
    James, Rayfield
    Janklow, Bill
    Jensen, Scott
    Jones, Jody
    Juliano, Richard
    Kaelin, Jeffrey
    Kauffman, Allen D.
    Kelty, Matt
    Kerik, Bernie
    Kidan, Adam
    Kimmerling, Earl "Butch"
    King, Lawrence E. "Larry" Jr.
    Klaudt, Ted
    Kline, Ronald C.
    Kohring, Vic
    Kontogiannis, Thomas
    Kott, Pete
    Knapp, Max
    Lambert, James R.
    Law, David
    Lay ,Michael Aaron
    Leonard, Richard
    Leung, Katrina
    Libby, I. Lewis "Scooter"
    Limbaugh, Rush
    Linnen, Stephen
    Loeper Jr., F. Joseph
    Looper, Byran "Low Tax"
    Loren-Maltese, Betty
    Lukens, Donald "Buz"
    Luongo, Gerald J.
    Malloy, Patrick G.
    Malone, Lance
    Manuel, Thomas G.
    Martin, Hayes
    Mathes Jr., James R.
    Matricardi, Edmund III
    Matthews, Jon
    Maysky, Eugene
    McCurnin, Joseph
    McGee, Charles
    McGuire, Patrick Lee
    Meadows, Cory
    Merla, John
    Michael, John
    Mixon, Michael
    Monteleone Jr., Joseph
    Morency, Nicholas
    Murgatroyd, Dick
    Murphy Jr., Glenn
    Muschany, Scott
    Nash, James J.
    Neal, Rebecca
    Newton, Chris
    Ney, Bob
    Nguyen, Tan
    Nielsen, Jeffrey
    Nighbert, Bill
    Nixon Jr., Kenneth E.
    Noe, Bernadette
    Noe, Thomas
    Noonan, Thomas J.
    Novak, Lawrence
    Nugent, Johnny
    O’Grady, Raymond
    Oleen, Lana
    Ortloff, George Chris
    Owens, Leonard Ray
    Palughi, Anthony J.
    Parker, Brent
    Patti, Jeffrey
    Pazuhanich, Mark
    Privette, Coy
    Prokos, Alexandra
    Pugh, Edward
    Rader, Dennis L.
    Randall, Tom
    Randall, Jeffrey Kyle
    Rathmann, Rolf
    Ravenel, Thomas
    Raymond, Allen
    Regola, Robert
    Renzi, Rick
    Rice, Steve
    Ring, Kevin
    Ringo, Robert R.
    RoBold, Warren
    Rosen, Steve
    Rowland, John
    Rudy, Tony
    Russell, Beverly
    Ryan, George
    Safavian, David Hossein
    Scanlon, Michael
    Scannapieco, Matthew V.
    Schepp, Brent
    Schofield, Robert T.
    Schrenko, Linda
    Scott, Randy
    Seidensticker, Mark
    Shaner, Matt
    Shortridge, Tom
    Siljander, Mark Deli
    Skandalakis, Mitch
    Skiles, Paul
    Slocum, William
    Smeltzer Jr., Fred C.
    Smith, Rick
    Stanley, Roger “The Hog
    Stevens, Ted
    Stillwell, Roger
    Stroupe Jr, Wade
    Stumbo, Bobby
    Sumrow, Ray
    Swartz, David
    Symington, Fife
    Taff, Adam
    Taft, Bob
    Tanonaka, Dalton
    Tate, Mark
    Tebano, Armando
    Teele, Arthur
    Temple, Merle
    Thompson, Joe
    Thompson, Donald
    Thomson, Gary Russell
    Tobin, James
    Treffinger, James
    Trout, Harold Anthony "Tony"
    Tristano, Michael
    Turbyfill, Basil
    Van Vleet, Rick D.
    Vanderwall, Robin
    Velella, Guy J.
    Vellanoweth, Robert
    Volz, Neil
    Wade, Mitchell
    Walker, Derek
    Walters, Nick
    Warner, Larry
    Weissmann, Keith
    Weldon ,Terance
    Westberg, Craig
    Westlake, John E. "Jack"
    Westmoreland, Keith
    Weyhrauch, Bruce
    White, C. Stephen
    Wilkes ,Brent
    Williams, Robin
    Wilson, Bob
    Zachares, Mark
    Zimmerman, Al

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    Personally, I'd rather see every felon of US citizenship vote than half of our politicians. I support law and order, but I really don't support taking the right of any US citizen to vote away from them because they were convicted of a crime, no matter who they are or what they've done. I don't know where this originated, why we've done that or on what constitutional basis someone had for the notion.
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    These are state laws and states have the authority to pass their own laws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDoe2
    These are state laws and states have the authority to pass their own laws.
    It's great to see 23 of them expand voting rights for felons, rights that shouldn't have been taken away from these citizens to begin with. Hopefully any of the other 27 states that have denied felons the right to vote will follow suit.

    It would be nice if someone knew where this notion of not letting felons vote originated, why the states took their voting rights away to begin with and on what constitutional basis they did so.
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    I doubt that you will find much sympathy for murderers, rapist, child molesters, drug dealers, Bernie Madoffs, etc. who loose their right to vote.
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    Voting is a matter of state law. Even federal elections are governed by the laws in force in each of the individual states. Each state determines under what circumstances a convicted felon can or cannot vote. These laws vary rather significantly from one state to another.
    Which States Allow Convicted Felons to Vote?

    @ http://www.alipac.us/f12/convicted-f...voting-206297/
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