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georgiagrama 09-23-2019 08:23 AM

Voting after incarceration in Georgia
 
Did anyone see the article in today's Atlanta Journal Constitution? I am SO MAD!! Its incomprehensible why after having committed a crime, repenting of it and paying dearly for your sin, you should be deprived of your right as an American, to vote. The gist of the article is a meeting was held by state senators and nothing was accomplished. They have to decide which crimes qualify as nonviolent (duh?) or if you should have to have paid off all fines. The most maddening statistic of all is that Georgia probationers have an average of 6.3 years on probation, which is twice the national average. My son has 10 years, three times the national average! And while I'm venting, here's another really dumb thing; Senator Robertson from Cataula ( never heard of it) said the victims will get a say in who votes! Being the victim of a crime is terrible, but it doesn't leave you any smarter or with a burning desire for fairness. There are two more meetings before the committee recommends. If there is any way for the public to be involved, I hope all of us who are stake holders will make our voices heard.

patchouli 09-23-2019 09:39 AM

In Kentucky certain felons can apply to have their rights restored (all but owning a gun) once their sentence and/or parole/probation are complete. All fines & fees must be paid in full to be eligible.

I found an article like you describe, dated Sept. 20th:

Nonviolent felons could regain voting rights in Georgia

fbopnomore 09-23-2019 10:55 AM

The politicians who pass the disenfranchisement laws do so to reduce the number of voters they think will vote against them, especially the mass incarcerators. Poll taxes and "real ID" requirements are also favorites of the pols who are afraid of the voters, and restrict the number of people (those people) who can vote.

GaReform 09-24-2019 07:33 PM

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Originally Posted by fbopnomore (Post 7795050)
The politicians who pass the disenfranchisement laws do so to reduce the number of voters they think will vote against them, especially the mass incarcerators. Poll taxes and "real ID" requirements are also favorites of the pols who are afraid of the voters, and restrict the number of people (those people) who can vote.


Amen!!!! In fact, my son was just at an event focused on getting out the vote. It dealt with many of the same topics you mentioned. Here's a link https://m.facebook.com/bravenewfilms


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