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A Washington state appeals court ruling has started an argument over whether or not inmates should be allowed to vote.
Reader Angie responds to

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Reader: Prisoners Shouldn't Be Allowed to Vote

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A Washington state appeals court ruling has started an argument over whether or not inmates should be allowed to vote.
Reader Angie responds to As Rob McKenna Appeals The 'Felon Voting Rights Act' to the U.S. Supreme Court, He'll Likely Have At Least One Vote Against Him.

"This case has me interested in what kind of federal constitutional statutes allow for restricting voting rights of felons.

I'm not a scholar of our founding documents or anything, but a quick look around the web on this subject seems to indicate that this was left unanswered, or could be interpreted either way depending on your understanding of the constitution."

"Personally, I don't think people who violate another citizen by way of property, emotional or bodily harm should be allowed to vote as they've demonstrated contempt for their fellow citizens. Once they've completed their sentence, ok.

The problem there lies with many felons* who have been convicted of drug possession & cultivation/distribution (1 pot plant = distribution felony) and whose only crime is civil disobedience in respect to prohibition laws.

*People who pollute state owned lands/other's property, rip up rental houses for grow-ops or use force of threat or violence to engage in the drug trade are obviously violating the rights of others, and this distinction needs to be made, because I know someone will point out that these are some of the ways in which the drug trade infringes on others. Then I will smile & point out these are not problems Budweiser or Jack Daniel's has to deal with anymore, and we wouldn't either if we could get over our moral indignation & deal with drug use/abuse pragmatically, with a system of regulation & control.

When I say "only civil disobedience I am referring to users, distributors & cultivators who do not engage in other illegal activity which harms their neighbors & community. My friend with MS who grows her medicine is not hurting anyone with her grow, except perhaps the pharmaceutical industry."

 
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