Thursday, January 17, 2013

Felon Votes Illegally in North Carolina

A man who was convicted of a felony registered and voted in the one-stop early voting period in the 2012 elections.  Felon voting is a Class I felony in North Carolina.  The suspect was sent a letter asking him to appear at a hearing, but he did not show up. 

In a piece in the Washington Times, RNLA member J. Christian Adams explains the rationale behind prohibiting felons from voting.  He writes, “Those who have shown contempt for criminal laws should have no voice in the process of writing them. Giving felons a say in the legislative process means laws will naturally skew more toward the criminal, to the detriment of the law-abiding citizen. It is immoral to reward criminals and automatically give them a voice in the legislative process equal to those who never committed felonies.”

Ed Meese Award Winner Hans von Spakovsky notes that in many jurisdictions, felons also lose many other rights like the right to own a gun, sit on a jury, be a police officer, etc. in addition to voting, but the Left never mentions or advocates for the restoration of these rights.  The Left seems more interested in a partisan objective of getting Democrats elected through restoring felon voting rights, than the way it crafts its motives to give rights back to a certain population.

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