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Tuesday, March 01, 2005
SCROUNGING UP EACH & EVERY VOTE
|Sen.John Kerry, D-Mass., and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., take part in a news conference on voting reform legislation Thursday, Feb. 17, 2005, on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)|
THE FELON VOTE
IN the wake of their election defeat, Democrats have promised to mend their ways by emphasizing moral values. So, in their first major legislative initiative of the year, what are the party's two top senators offering? A bill to guarantee that millions of convicted murderers, rapists and armed robbers can vote.
This week, Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Kerry will officially introduce the Count Every Vote Act, which she claims is "critical to restoring America's faith in our voting system."
The researchers found that about 30 percent of felons vote when given the chance. So, if all 4.7 million of Mrs. Clinton's ex-cons are re-enfranchised, about 1.4 million will cast ballots, and about 1.2 million of those will be for Democrats.
Seattle Times reporters last month identified 129 felons in King and Pierce counties who had voted illegally in the Nov. 2 election in a race that Democrat Christine Gregoire won by, coincidentally, 129 votes. Extrapolating the illegal felon vote across the entire state, one can conclude that Gregoire owes her controversial victory to ex-cons who should not have voted but did.
In addition, post-sentence penalties are placed on criminals not only who have committed felonies but who have committed misdemeanors, including, under federal law, the right to own a gun. We doubt that Clinton and Kerry will be crusading to restore that right any time soon.
When people harm others, we learn something about them. Do we want someone who has committed multiple rapes helping determine how much money will be spent on social programs that help rape victims?
From Kauss Files:
If she's smart, Hillary doesn'twant Kerry out of the presidential race. Until January, 2008, he's her best friend--an easily-beatable foil who takes up precious media spaceother, more formidable challengers might otherwise make good use of.