Attorney General Urges States to Let Felons VoteLegal Compliance Resource
February 14, 2014 — 984 views
Underlining their commitment for making the society more open to felons, the Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. made his stand clear and urged the state to consider his plea of letting the convicted wrongdoers vote. This plea was made by the Attorney General in a speech to students in Georgetown University. The Attorney General equated the ban on voting for the felons with the racist policies of America after the Civil War when the states took the shelter of the criminal justice system to make sure that the blacks were treated as some sort of outcasts.
Republicans make their stand clear
Since the states determine and enact the rules that ultimately decides who gets to vote, the views of the Attorney General hardly carry any weight. No matter how much he pleads, the Republicans are not going to change their strict stand on the convicted criminals not getting the chance to vote. Many states in America, including Florida, do not allow the prisoners there to vote because according to the lawmakers in that state, those who commit a crime and get caught, forfeit their right to vote. Many believe that the Attorney General is propagating the civil rights issue which is very close to Obama.
Criminal justice system getting mixed up with civil rights issues
Many believe that the Attorney General is trying to do something which is outside his purview and it is the first time in the history of independent America that an Attorney General has advocated the revoking of a ban on voting. The Attorney General is mixing up the rights issues and the criminal justice system by pushing for more and more lenient punishment for first time offenders especially in case of drug criminals.
There is also this perception that if this ban is revoked then most of this large proportion of the felons are expected to vote for the democrats. So, if at all it happens, the Republicans are likely to oppose to revocation of this ban. Since the law varies from state to state, it will take a long time to bring about any concrete results regarding the rights of the felons to vote.