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Prisoners in Lock-Up can now vote up here !!!
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Alberta Mike    Posted 11-01-2002 at 14:51:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I see where our illustrious supreme court up here in Canada has just voted down the government law that said that prisoners do not have the right to vote in public elections. So all the murderers, rapists and other thugs now have the same right to vote as I do. Now I realize that Canada has a tendency to be sort of a bleeding-heart, left-wing haven, but this is going a bit too far in my opinion. There are a lot of positive things to say for this great country but this isn't one of them.


bandersnatch    Posted 11-01-2002 at 20:19:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
In the US prisoners have been able to vote for years. In most states even felons are permitted although convicted felons were once almost universally prohibited from voting.
Heck, I remember a prisoner ran for mayor of the town where he was incarcerated. He said everone would know where to find him and he wouldn't be going out of town on junkets at the taxpayer's expense.


no    Posted 11-01-2002 at 20:23:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
prisoners can,t vote in federal elections in the US


JoeK    Posted 11-01-2002 at 17:14:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
As an ex-"keeper of the keys" a point needs tp be made here.There are 2 basic types of prisoners in lockup.Those pending trial and those who have been sentenced and are serving their time.Pretrial prisoners have always had the right to vote in WI if they wished(innocent til proven guilty).Sentenced prisoners convicted of misdemeanor(lessor)crimes also retain their right to vote.Convicted felons(major)lose their right to vote,along with certain other rights and privelidges.Those w/voting rights vote by absentee ballot and from my experience few choose to excercise that right.


Darryl - MO    Posted 11-01-2002 at 15:30:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes, that's ....'odd'. We have more than our share of off-the-wall proposals down here, too. A couple of days ago I heard on the radio about initiatives to allow 'non-citizens' to vote. Huh??? Yes, folks, these wackos want to allow people without US citizenship to vote in US elections. They say that some of these 'non-citizens' have lived here for extended periods of time and should have a 'voice' in matters that affect them. I don't care how long they've been here. If they haven't cared enough to pursue citizenship why should they have the same vote as a (hopefully) informed and actively participating citizen? One more step in the slow downward spiral......Sigh!


Punchy    Posted 11-01-2002 at 15:08:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
If you have the same problem with voter apathy there that we got here, it may be the only way they can get people ta vote. It's sort of an insult to intelligent folk, I will admit, but prisons aren't full of the best calves in the herd either. So maybe the prison vote won't play a big part in some decisions. I can see where it might be a Real problem in smaller local elections, ay? Especially if you got big prisons located in small towns (like us) where the prisoners out number the town folk. They DID make Some provision for that sort of sitiation din't they?


DeadCarp    Posted 11-01-2002 at 18:21:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Re: "where the prisoners out number the town folk"

Could become one of those "future" scenarios (like once we get inalienable rights to keep and bear nuclear arms) Fella walks up to a teller's cage with a bomb under his arm, slips her a note "Give me all your money or I'll blow up this bank and all its branches!" :)

Whut's the world coming to? :)


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