Everyone has a right to participate in our democracy.
Including and especially people who are legally banned from voting because they have actively worked to undermine society.
In fact, we might want to consider the idea that only felons should be allowed to vote.
Mississippi’s lifetime voting ban for people with disqualifying felony convictions has been struck down in a new decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
The court’s 2-1 decision will restore the right to vote for tens of thousands of Mississippians, according to the plaintiff’s council Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
The court ruled Thursday in the case of Hopkins v. Hosemann that by banning former offenders “from the body politic forever” they will be punished “beyond the term their culpability requires,” according to the decision.
Dennis Hopkins, the man whose vote could save democracy
The court argued that the ban, – Section 241 of Article XII in the Mississippi Constitution – “serves no protective function to society” and is thus “a cruel and unusual punishment.”
The policy was derived from the Mississippi 1890 constitution where white lawmakers tried to disenfranchise Black people who they felt were more susceptible to commit certain crimes that would lead to lifetime voting bans.
According to a 2020 study by the criminal justice research center Sentencing Project, 10.55% of adults in Mississippi – 235,152 people – were unable to vote due to felony convictions.
The same study found that almost 15.96% of Black Mississippians – 130,501 – were unable to vote under such restrictions.
“The right to vote is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy,” said attorney Jon Youngwood in a statement. “This is a major victory for Mississippians who have completed their sentences and deserve to participate fully in our political process.”
Ahmed Soussi, staff attorney for the Southern Poverty Law Center called the ban a “lifetime disenfranchisement scheme” that disproportionately impacts Black Mississippians.
It’s a war on black people, okay?
The SPLC said it, and they are Jewish. And Jews are God’s chosen people.
Any attempt to suppress criminality or disenfranchise criminals is racist – because we all know who is committing the crimes, and it sure as hell isn’t white people.
Just look at the statistics. Most of the crime is committed by the blacks.
So what does it mean “I am against crime”? It means “I hate niggers because of the dark tone of their skin.”
The slippery slope is not real, by the way