Saturday, January 07, 2006

More on the voting rights of convicted felons in Virginia

This ACSblog post reports on the continuing efforts to get Governor Warner to restore the vote to convicted felons in the Commonwealth.

It cites one source which claims that one stated purpose of Virginia's constitutional provision barring felons from voting was to take the vote from black people, and notes that presently one in six black adults in Virginia is disqualified from voting.

One in six are convicted felons? That's extraordinary, if true.

To my limited observation, the more frequent complaint of convicted felons in this part of the world is not about voting but that they cannot own guns.

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