D.C. Council Hears Support for Letting Jailed Felons Vote
The legislation, co-introduced by the entire D.C. Council, would make the city after January 2021 the first jurisdiction in the country to restore the right to vote to incarcerated felons. (Maine and Vermont never took away the right to vote for prisoners.) As the law stands right now in the District, convicted felons can vote only after fully completing their sentences. “Voters choose politicians, not the other way around,” responded Blair Bowie, an attorney from the Campaign Legal Center, adding that it becomes a slippery slope when such carve-outs are introduced.
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