Ex-felons are pawns in the voting game


Published: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 10:53 p.m.
Too bad somebody like state Sen. Gary Siplin, a felon himself, has to be the person to point out the hypocrisy of the ex-felons/voting rights law. Now the emphasis will be shifted from the real problem to him. All ex-felons should have always been able to vote.
Nowhere in the constitutions does it say that committing a crime begets political neutering. Having been released some 35 years now, I find regularly more sanctions against my liberty. This year I found that I can't be my father's guardian because of a felony committed in 1972. Nor can I be certified in some professions, like teaching.
I committed my crime so long ago that I was granted my civil rights "automatically" upon completion of the sentence, which is the way it should be today. The judge sentenced me to four years in the penitentiary. That's it. He didn't mention guardianship, certification, voting or anything of the sort.
Ex-felons are the pawns in a low-level political game. Absolutely nobody sides with us, no matter how well we "rehabilitate." These rights are taken forever. Where is the ACLU and Amnesty International?

Whitey Markle,

Citra

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