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March 12, 2005

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Are Liberals Really That Desperate? Or Insane?

Nebraska Lawmakers Restore Felons' Voting Rights

A coalition of liberal groups is hailing the state of Nebraska for restoring the voting rights of felons.

Although Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, a Republican, vetoed the bill on Wednesday, the state's unicameral legislature overrode his veto on Thursday by a 36-11 vote (six votes more than the 30 needed for an override).

The new law will automatically restore the voting rights of Nebraska felons two years after they complete their prison sentences or meet the terms of their parole or probation.

Right now, it takes a pardon to restore voting rights in Nebraska, but pardons aren't granted until at least ten years after a sentence is completed.

The new law is expected to affect thousands of former convicts, beginning in September.

"This is yet another great win for our democracy and the movement to end felony disfranchisement across the country," said Rashad Robinson of the Right to Vote Campaign, which assisted in the effort to let Nebraska felons vote.

The Right to Vote Campaign - a coalition that includes the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, People for the America Way and three other organizations -- said Nebraska now joins 36 other states in allowing people with felony convictions to vote.

It's only "fair," said State Sen. DiAnna Schimek, who authored the Nebraska bill. She said "reintegrating" felons back into society will benefit all Nebraskans.

But Gov. Heineman, in his veto message, said he believes that any restoration of voting rights "should be considered thoughtfully, on a case-by-case basis."

What about convicts who show no remorse for their crimes, asked a senator who opposed the bill.

"What we're really doing here is we're taking away the discretion of the Board of Pardons to handle these cases," Sen. Mike Foley was quoted as saying. "This is a one size fits all approach and I don't think one size fits all."

The Right to Vote Campaign says only five states permanently bar felons from voting. They include Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia and Iowa, and the campaign is hoping to change that.

The underlying assumption seems to be that felons, if they vote at all, would be more likely than other segments of the population to vote for Democrats.

"It doesn't matter if you spent 4 years at Harvard or four years in Huntsville, your vote counts the same," The Right to Vote Campaign says on its website.
Isnt that what "Convicted of a Felony" means, to take away your rights until you can PROVE to Society that you are not the same individual that entered the prison system to begin with?
Have the Liberals gotten so desperate that we are now going to see the equivelent of "Get Out The Felon Vote"?
Our Forefathers must be doing circles in thier graves.
I think we have seen it all now, registering dead people to vote, get out the felon vote, stealing Republican yard signs, intimidating Republican voters from the Democrat headquarters all the way to the polls, breaking into Republican headquarters and stealing thier computers, slashing the tires of Republican "Get out the vote" campain members, etc. I'm sure I missed a few sleezy tactics pulled off this last election by Democrats.
This should be a state by state issue. We need to write our Congressmen Representatives, and Senators and put a stop to this nonsense.
This is why it is so important to vote even inbetween the General election every four years. Those (Every 2 Year Elections) and some others inbetween are VITAL to the General election every 4 years.
If The Governor of Nebraska had a mojority of Republicans in his state's house, he would have been able to veto this new manouver by the Democrats.
There is only one way to prevent the Democrats/Liberals from getting away with these kind of tactics, for Republicans to VOTE in EVERY Election, no matter how small it makes all the difference in these kind of issues.
What good does it do anyone to have a Republican Governor (For instance) and a Democrat Senate in thier states? It makes about as much sense as a Republican President with a Democrat Senate. "Thus Gridlock" Nothing gets done. Thank God we have fixed that problem on the Hill, but Republicans have to fix the State by State problem NOW.
The Liberals have gone insane and are not going to stop.
Until WE stop them!!!!


Blogger Libertarian of Pennsylvania said...

Once a convicted felon is released back into and has paid their debt to the victims and/or society, he or she should have the same rights as they did before. Their right to vote should be one of them. If something can be taken away it is a priviledge and not a right. I do support the ACLU in this action. I am sure it is to score a few points from felons to vote Democrat, but its politics. This is one way the political game is played. President Bush has even supported simular measures once a felon is returned to a civilian setting to have their right to vote restored.
Libertarian of Pennsylvania

March 14, 2005 1:00 PM  
Blogger Marie's Two Cents said...

Well that says alot about the Democratic party! Most felons are Democrats?
I still think this should be settled state by state.
Especially if the felon isnt remorseful of his/her actions.
But digging into the Prison system for votes?

March 14, 2005 1:53 PM  
Blogger Libertarian of Pennsylvania said...

Absolutely it should be settled state by state. Actually what are the odds of a convicted felon that isn't remorseful for his or her actions will go and register and vote once released?
The small percentage that are not remorseful are the type of people who don't care and probably never will.

March 14, 2005 3:22 PM  
Blogger Skizz said...

Well, GEE! Who do you think is a significant part of the lib's voting block? Well, ya got drugheads, abortion loving lesbians, college professors, Dan Rather, dead people (this one is a huge constituant), angry minorities who always play the "Whitey owes me something" card, and criminals. The libs LOVE to take the side of criminals over the victim and play the "It's _________'s fault" game. Let's see.. what's a felon? Maybe arson, rape, child molestation, drug trafficing, and murder. Oh yeah! Let's let murderers have a say in who our elected leaders are! Riiiiiight.

March 25, 2005 1:29 PM  

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