pjbogart wrote:In the State of Wisconsin a convicted felon has their civil rights restored, including the right to vote, after they have served their sentence. Some States permanently revoke a felon's right to vote and I would consider that akin to a Jim Crow law, but I'm not a conservative.
I am neither a conservative nor a Republican but I am generally in favor of allowing felons to vote once they have served their sentence.
Here in PR we allow imprisoned felons to vote. I don't care for that but it doesn't bother me terribly.
I don't think there are any circumstances under which a PR voter can lose their right to vote other than for things like non-residency. I don't think one even has to be a US citizen. Independence leader Juan Mari Bras renounced his US citizenship some years ago and I think he even ran for office after that.
I'd not thought about this but two questions come to mind:
Suppose I am convicted of a felony in a state which permanently takes away my right to vote. If I move to another state that lets felons vote, can I vote there? My guess would be yes but I've never really thought about it.
In Wisconsin, and other states that restore voting rights, does restoration occur on release from jail or on completion of parole/probation?
Not quite the same thing but some states, Washington is one I know of, allow for permanent imprisonment of child molesters after completion of their sentence. I understand the reasoning and even sympathize with it. It still gives me the heebie-jeebies and I don't like it.
How do the Demmies/Progressives here feel about this?
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