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Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Fixing Disenfranchisement Laws
The Times headline is perfect: "Nebraska in the Lead". Not something expected to lead off an editorial in a liberal paper.
But Nebraska (and Iowa) have stepped to the forefront of the movement to correct the injustice done to felons when they are prohibited from voting. As the editorial says, virtually no other democracy bars former prisoners from voting after they have completed their sentence. And disenfranchisement is rooted in racial discrimination - it started as a way to limit black political power.
Now states are slowly starting to fix the problem. The Iowa governor signed an executive order restoring voting rights. And Nebraska just passed a law that restores voting rights after a 2 year waiting period.
We should commend Nebraska and Iowa for leading us on this issue.