Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Democrats and the crime vote

On the issue of crime, politicians usually go after the votes of the victims, not the Democrats:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, considered a probable White House candidate in 2008, joined 2004 nominee Sen. John Kerry and other Democrats today in urging that felons be permitted to vote by 2006.

The provision is part of an election reform bill, the Count Every Vote Act, which includes making Election Day a federal holiday to encourage voting.

There are an estimated 4.7 million Americans barred from voting because of their felonious criminal records.

"Once again we had a federal election that demonstrates we have a long way to go," said Clinton, who suggested the 2004 presidential vote count was questionable. Kerry lost the election by 3.3 million votes and 118,000 in the pivotal state of Ohio.

Kerry denied the legislation was an attempt to discredit or tarnish President Bush's election victory.

"This has nothing to do with me," said Kerry. "It is not partisan, or shouldn't be."

Clinton and Kerry were joined in endorsing the bill only by Democrats, including Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, D-Ohio, and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.

One criminal, one vote?

Around the Blogosphere:

The "Count Every [Liberal Block] Vote" Act

Think Dems would be for this if most criminals and slackers voted Republican?

Felons to vote, Got to love those democrats

Hillary: Count Every (Felon's) Vote

Hillary reaches out to Felons

Democrats push vote reform-- to let felons vote

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