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NAACP Gets Out The Felon Vote In Maine

From an approving Associated Press:

NAACP spearheads prison vote drive in Maine

By CLARKE CANFIELD (AP)

October 5, 2009

PORTLAND, Maine — The NAACP is registering voters at prisons in Maine, one of just two states that allow all inmates to vote while behind bars, in what is apparently the nation’s first such statewide drive.

The relatively few votes at stake — only a few hundred — mean the drive’s potential to affect outcomes this fall on such issues as gay marriage, marijuana laws and tax limits is low.

Though prison inmates tend to skew to the Democratic side, the drive isn’t about furthering any political agenda, said Rachel Talbot Ross, president of the Portland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

The NAACP is wrapping up its effort in Maine prisons this week. After next June’s primary election, the organization plans to lead another drive at all 15 county jails, as well as state prisons.

It’s not focusing just on black inmates.

Volunteers already have registered an estimated 200 or more inmates at five of the state’s seven adult correctional centers. The Maine State Prison’s NAACP chapter — the only one of its kind in New England — has 70 members, many of them white, including the branch president, Ross said.

Randal Horr, a 49-year-old white inmate at the Bolduc minimum-security prison in Warren, registered as a Democrat when volunteers arrived. Going through the voting process helps him feel connected to the outside world and will help when he is released, he said.

In November’s election, he said, he plans to vote for state and municipal tax and spending limits and liberalizing medical marijuana laws. He’s not sure how he’ll vote on whether to overturn a state law allowing gay marriage

State laws giving convicted felons the right to vote vary. About 5.3 million people nationwide are barred from voting because of criminal convictions, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Only in Maine and Vermont are felons in state prisons allowed to cast ballots while serving their sentences. Those prisoners, however, still have to register to vote, something easier done on the outside.

To help those inmates, the NAACP last year held a drive at the Maine State Prison, the Maine Correctional Center in Windham and the Cumberland County jail in Portland.

The effort now under way is the first time there’s been a system-wide initiative to register inmates across an entire state, Ross said. Benjamin Jealous, national NAACP president, was on hand last week as volunteers registered inmates at five correctional centers.

Inmates are prohibited from hanging political signs in their cells or even wearing political buttons, said Denise Lord, Maine’s associate corrections commissioner. But officials encourage inmates to vote, she said…

What joyous tidings.

The relatively few votes at stake — only a few hundred — mean the drive’s potential to affect outcomes this fall on such issues as gay marriage, marijuana laws and tax limits is low.

Are homosexual marriage, legalizing dope and raising taxes the top items for the prisoners, or the NAACP or the Democrats? Or is it for all of them?

Luckily we are assured by the NAACP and the AP that this isn’t about advancing any political agenda.

Though prison inmates tend to skew to the Democratic side…

The hell you say!

[The NAACP] not focusing just on black inmates.

Isn’t it refreshing to see that even the NAACP considers naked political power more important than skin color now and then?

State laws giving convicted felons the right to vote vary. About 5.3 million people nationwide are barred from voting because of criminal convictions, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Needless to say, the ACLU — and NAACP and the DNC — are trying to overturn these laws so that they can get more felons to vote for their natural constituents in the Democrat party.

Still, if the NAACP really cared about these prisoners they would get their friend the “spanking judge” moved up to Maine so that they could get out a little earlier, just for a few ‘favors.’

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “NAACP Gets Out The Felon Vote In Maine”

  1. P. Aaron says:

    Does the hopelessly pure republican commentary legion (and their leftist critics) cauterwaling to limit the chiding of Obama’s failure to secure the Olympics for Chicago ever consider the constituencies that make up the Democrat party and their incessantly vapid criticism of anything Republican?

    They worry endlessly about the odd signs at the Tea Parties when their liberties are being violated. It’s strangely McCain-ish.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    The NAACP = the ACORN reserve.

  3. Confucius says:

    NAACP = National Association for the Advancement of Criminal People

  4. wirenut says:

    So which is it? The NAACP looking for future voters, democrat candidates or past elected officials? Anyone??

  5. proreason says:

    What % of felons would vote for Obamy?

    Other than blacks, it would be his most rock-solid constituency.

  6. TwilightZoned says:

    “Needless to say, the ACLU — and NAACP and the DNC — are trying to overturn these laws so that they can get more felons to vote for their natural constituents in the Democrat party.”

    Awe…Steve, natural constituents is priceless! AT..TI.. CA!
    AT…TI..CA!

  7. Liberals Demise says:

    They can start with the “TAX” cheats that are already there!


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