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Harry Reid signs up for Rand Paul’s voting rights bill

The Blaze | Jun. 27, 2014

There’s a new bipartisan coalition in the Senate that’s looking to expand voting rights for people with a criminal record — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and libertarian first-term Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Paul on Thursday introduced the Civil Rights Voting Restoration Act, and Reid is the bill’s only cosponsor.

While any bipartisan work done in Congress these days is likely to draw a “strange bedfellows” reaction, the cooperation between Paul and Reid seems especially out of place. Over the last few years, Paul has slammed Reid for refusing to allow amendment votes on key issues, and last year called Reid a “bully” and a “dictator” for ramming through procedural changes in the Senate favored by Democrats.

But this week, the two senators were partners on an issue that both said they care about — giving prisoners a chance to exercise their right to vote in federal elections.

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I hope it passes.

I am lucky to live in a state (WA) that does return civil rights lost by application of law. You have to ask for it, and jump through hoops, but I did get my voting rights back just in time to become elected as a delegate in 2008. I just recently won restoration of my firearms rights as well. I don't know the number, but there are a bunch of states that do not allow this, ever. You can't move to another state and get them back. It has to be the court that convicted you.

It's an important issue for me personally, but one I truly believe the country can benefit from. I guarantee if I was not able to get my civil rights restored, my life would have turned out very different over the last 6-7 years. I believe one of the primary reasons I was able to do as well as I have in turning my life around and not suffer from recidivism, (going back to prison), is because 1) I got some education while inside and after coming out, and 2) I had a goal and had hope of actually achieving full restoration. The last month and a half for me has been very exciting, going out shooting with friends and family.

Most solutions to problems should be implemented at the state and local level. Ideally, these states should change their laws, but where civil rights are concerned, I think a federal law in this case is appropriate, especially given the racial component to this issue that Rand has pointed out to warm applause from the African-American community. Without any hope of having their rights restored, felons are not truly free people after their release and after all conditions of their judgement and sentence have been met. Therefore, there is little incentive to obey the laws if you cant benefit from the rewards.

If I had no hope of ever voting or ever shooting legally again, I might have made very different decisions. Because this process was available to me, I had hopes and dreams. Now I am living them. I want that for everyone else.

Bill that Political Parties Do Not have to be "RECOGNIZED"

Where is the Bill that "Political Parties" Do Not have to be "RECOGNIZED" and given full notice in voter pamphlets?

Where is that bill? How about simply obeying the Constitution?

There is so many "bills" on everything BUT adhering to existing Constitutional Law so that serious corrections in abuse of the 1st amendment and others can be made.

Presently, the first amendment is removed from the elections process because you have to obtain and maintain thousands of signatures before a political party can even be recognized by a state.

Though Rand's bill on recovering rights may be good, and that after doing time for a crime, all rights should return.

There should simply be "adherence and enforcement" of the Constitution, so to insure 1st amendment rights that are abused by both the federal government and states, are protected.

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