What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Enfranchising the Disenfranchised/Voting Rights : S 565. Election Reform/Vote to Insure Restoration of Voting Rights for Ex-Felons. (2002 senate Roll Call 31)
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S 565. Election Reform/Vote to Insure Restoration of Voting Rights for Ex-Felons.
senate Roll Call 31     Feb 14, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

After the conflict and confusion of vote counting in the 2000 presidential election, Congress debated ways to prevent many of the problems that surfaced. The Senate bill, like its cousin in the House, set new standards for federal elections and authorized several billion dollars to modernize voting equipment. This amendment to the election overhaul bill would have made it easier for convicted felons to vote after serving their time. At the time of the vote, 14 states banned felons from voting and several others placed numerous restrictions on the practice. Progressives saw this as a form of disenfranchisement that disproportionately impacted African-Americans and Latinos. The opponents to the amendment carried the day, with the motion falling 31-63.

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