D.C. Is Considering Allowing Imprisoned Felons To Vote


And in a moment of devil’s advocacy on Thursday, White asked whether maybe some crimes are too serious for their perpetrators to enjoy retaining their voting rights in prison. “This is a really slippery slope,” responded Blair Bowie from the Campaign Legal Center. “In a democracy, voters pick politicians, not the other way around.” Given the seeming lack of local opposition to the bill, lawmakers shifted their attention to how it could be implemented. This could be especially challenging, they conceded, because D.C. residents convicted of felonies are housed in federal facilities across the country.

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