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NRA_guy
09-14-2008, 04:49
ACLU Sues Mississippi To Allow Felons To Vote
Union Claims State Allows Felons To Vote Only For President

September 13, 2008
JACKSON, Miss. -- The American Civil Liberties Union claims in a federal lawsuit that Mississippi has illegally denied voting rights to individuals convicted of certain felonies.

The ACLU claims Mississippi's Constitution allows people who have been convicted of a felony to vote for president, though not other offices.

However, the organization says registration applications in Mississippi don't allow felons to register for presidential elections only, so many voters are disqualified.

The ACLU wants the court to allow convicted felons to register to vote in time for November's presidential election.

Interesting how the ACLU is interested in restoring convicted felons' right to vote, but not their Second Amendment rights.

But if I understand this, Mississippi allows felons (after they have served their sentence) to vote in the presidential race but not in other races. But the state only maintains one set of poll books.

And the lawsuit wants the state to maintain two sets of poll books to enable such felons to vote in presidential races.

Seems to me the simplest solution is to stop allowing felons to vote in ANY election.

I don't even know if what the ACLU claims is true about the state law allowing felons to vote in presidential elections. Anybody know?

PS: This Mississippi Glockers section is about dead, huh?

OXCOPS
09-14-2008, 09:20
Article 12, Section 241 states:

Every inhabitant of this state, except idiots and insane persons, who is a citizen of the United States of America, eighteen (18) years old and upward, who has been a resident of this state for one (1) year, and for one (1) year in the county in which he offers to vote, and for six (6) months in the election precinct or in the incorporated city or town in which he offers to vote, and who is duly registered as provided in this article, and who has never been convicted of murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement or bigamy, is declared to be a qualified elector, except that he shall be qualified to vote for President and Vice President of the United States if he meets the requirements established by Congress therefor and is otherwise a qualified elector.

NRA_guy
09-14-2008, 12:46
Article 12, Section 241 states:

Every inhabitant of this state, except idiots and insane persons, who is a citizen of the United States of America, eighteen (18) years old and upward, who has been a resident of this state for one (1) year, and for one (1) year in the county in which he offers to vote, and for six (6) months in the election precinct or in the incorporated city or town in which he offers to vote, and who is duly registered as provided in this article, and who has never been convicted of murder, rape, bribery, theft, arson, obtaining money or goods under false pretense, perjury, forgery, embezzlement or bigamy, is declared to be a qualified elector, except that he shall be qualified to vote for President and Vice President of the United States if he meets the requirements established by Congress therefor and is otherwise a qualified elector.
Wonder why they threw in the exception? Maybe they figured state law would be trumped by Federal law in such cases (which, of course, it would be.)

But are there any Federal laws that would grant voting rights to felons who had been convicted of the listed crimes?

I am not aware of any.

swatmed4
09-15-2008, 15:29
You know that they have not done anything wrong. They just misunderstood. They should never be allowed to vote again.