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Alex Padilla

Felons and voting rights

Felons and voting rights

There is such misunderstanding about the voting rights of convicted felons that recent news about a California policy change may come across as far more sweeping and groundbreaking than it actually is. In fact, this state already restores voting rights automatically to felons upon completion of their sentences. And that's as it should be. If only it were that way in other states, too many of which make it as hard as possible for people to reenter society as responsible citizens even after they have paid their debt. Eleven states make revocation of voting rights permanent, even after the sentence has been fully served, unless the former offender successfully petitions a court, the...

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