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Bills Introduced in Both Houses of Congress to Permit Ex-Felons to Register to Vote in Federal Elections

On April 10, bills were introduced in both houses of Congress, to permit ex-felons to vote in federal elections. The Senate bill is S2235 and the main sponsor is Senator Ben Cardin (D-Maryland). The House bill doesn’t have a bill number yet, and is introduced by Representative John Conyers (D-Michigan). Thanks to Rick Hasen for this news.

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  1. Demo Rep

    One more Donkey COMMUNIST attempt to subvert the Constitution even more.

    What percentage of those ex-FELONS (murderers, robbers, home invaders, etc.) are DONKEYS ???

    The STATES define who are Electors in USA elections.

    Art. I,Sec. 2 — 17th Amdt.

    Means NOTHING to the communist gerrymander MONSTERS in Gerrymander City.

    Uniform definition of Elector in ALL of the USA
    P.R. and nonpartisan App.V.

  2. Ben Schattenburg

    I’m confused, I thought that Felon voting rights were decided state by state: http://felonvoting.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000286

  3. Ben, the source you cite gives a state-by-state rundown because their isn’t any federal law on the subject. Unfortunately, I don’t think the constitutional question is completely settled. The Article II power of Congress to regulate federal elections may or may not apply to determining who is eligible to vote. If I’m not mistaken, exactly that question is currently being debated in the courts with respect to demands by Arizona and Kansas that federally-mandated registration forms meet their state standards.

    In the unlikely event that this bill passes Congress, it will be challenged. How the courts will rule is anybody’s guess. My personal guess is that the current Supreme Court would uphold a federal law imposing a nationwide ban on felon voting and strike down a federal law making any particular category felons eligible to vote. In other words, they would manipulate the constitutional arguments to get the political result they want.

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