Maryland is joining the new national trend in expanded voting rights for people with felony convictions. This week, Maryland’s new law went into effect allowing all former felons to vote immediately after they complete their full sentences.
The argument to keep felons from voting has always been that criminals forfeit their rights to vote by committing a felony. But doesn’t any felon who cares to vote trying to be a part of the democratic process? Should we continue to punish people after their punishment has ended?
I think the answer is no because we have to bring people back under the umbrella of society if they are fit to be released from jail. (I’m hopeful there is in the fine print of these bills a G. Gordy Liddy exception but this is probably wishful thinking.)