Washington Libertarian Review

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Partisanship shows in elections appeal

The Seattle Times reports Washington State is going to appeal a King County judge's ruling granting voting rights to felons who owe fines. Republican Attorney General McKenna and Republican Secretary of State Reed made the decision. Meanwhile Democratic Governor Gregoire who won in 2004 with a 129 vote margin in an election that included about 1600 votes of felons, expressed support for the ruling.

I'm sure all of our elected officials will claim they are acting in accordance with the general welfare.


Blogger Wayne MV said...

Taking the vote away from felons serves no other purpose than merely making it slightly easier for unjust laws to be enacted and to remain on the books.

In particular, those convicted under any law should have a say in the question of that particular law's repeal or amending - including the selection of representatives who may vote on it.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Wayne MV said...

Although, what I really want, as a protection against unjust laws, is a constitutional amendment to require a 3/4 vote of the legislature before any crime can be made a felony, the ability of just 40% of the legislature to repeal any existing legislation, and a 2/3 threshhold for any other new legislation. (The governor's veto power should this way become irrelevant.)

All because rarely does anything just barely passing turn out to be good legislation. And often gridlock is good.

But only when it takes a supermajority to declare something a felony, could I support taking away a felon's right to vote.

6:29 PM  

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