In Virginia, ex-felons find empowerment in the voting booth
This article detail's efforts in the state of Virginia to restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated people. Like Tocqueville's equality of conditions, it stresses that equality cannot be achieved without equal rights.
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By the age of 16, Muhamad As-saddique Abdul-Rahman was already a felon. Thirty-seven years later, he is ready to be called something else -- a voter.
When Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced his plan in April to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons, Abdul-Rahman, who spent nearly two decades behind bars for armed robbery before struggling with drug and alcohol abuse, immediately logged online to check on his voting status. He discovered that, for the first time in his life, he was eligible to vote. Read more...