VOTING RIGHTS FOR PRISONERS AND EX-FELONS

Amendment XV

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XIX

The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.

Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXIV

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Amendment XXVI

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.

Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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Voting rights shall NOT be denied.  Nowhere here does it say voting rights are removed because of imprisonment or previous imprisonment.  Congress has just broken the law by denying these rights to hundreds of thousands of UNITED STATES CITIZENS!  This "should be" a no-brainer, that is, unless becoming a prisoner removes that person's citizenship.  If that is the case, then this government has NO jurisdiction over any prisoner in this country!

Sherry Swiney


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