Ex-Offenders: Your vote counts.

In this country, we all are well aware that we have one of the highest prison populations in the world. Even after an offender is released, he or she in many cases is still under some kind of control by the state for some period of time. Even after that time period, an ex-offender will face economic, emotional, and social challenges for many years after being released. This leads to another discussion about the “rehabilitation” that these inmates receive, but that is a subject all on its own. When inmates are released, even after they have “paid their debt to society” their civil rights are taken away from them. In many states they are stripped of their right to vote. Sounds like something out of the civil rights movement in the 60s, but it is happening today to those who have (or may not have) committed crimes considered redeemable by the court of law. But there are many myths to this and it is important that ex-offenders research before they write themselves off as unable to vote. The laws vary by state, and unfortunately in some states you have to petition in order to restore your voting rights after release. But most states only require re-registering. In some states your voting rights may even be retained during incarceration.

Click HERE to see what the laws in your state are.  HERE is a guide for formerly incarcerated Californians.

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Published in: on September 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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