Monday, August 08, 2005

And who decides...

The Iowa City Press Citizen is, once again, on that felon voting kick. The argument is the same, no twist or nuance to bring new perspective. The editorialists just repeat and repeat it's almost mantra like...

Monday, August 8, 2005

Gov. Vilsack in the right on voting

Muscatine County officials and others who are arguing against Gov. Tom Vilsack's recent executive order restoring voting rights to felons seem to be missing the point. …

… Those people are legally paid up once they finish their sentence. The governor has the high ground here.

Vilsack did the right thing. That's the point. …

… the legislature should focus on a constructive debate about the future in its next session.

Vilsack did the right thing. That's the point. …

… the voting rights issue has political overtones. It shouldn't.

Felons do their time and have their voting rights restored. It's that simple.…

… This is not a complicated issue.

Vilsack did the right thing. That's the point.

I get it; Vilsack did the right thing. Yet can’t help but notice the irony…

… But why do we have to investigate whether someone is reformed? And who decides who is reformed? …

That does seem to be the question – who decides. Is a blanket policy of restoring felon enfranchisement upon being “legally paid up” the morally correct thing to do? And what does it mean to be “legally paid up”?

It really isn’t that simple and Judge Madden is fully aware of that fact.



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