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  • Writer's pictureJack Hager

Felony Voting

Lots of talk about the “rights” of convicted felons.


The focus is on the “rights” of ex cons to vote.

As an ex-con (we are really supposed to call ourselves “ex-offenders” because being an ex-con might hurt our feelings and we’d need a safe zone…but to be an ex-offender to me sounds like someone who suddenly discovered deodorant) I won’t argue the point; but I can provide some personal insight.

I was a guest of the state of Oregon in the ’70s.

Not only can I vote now as an ex-con; I was able to vote while I was incarcerated. In fact a registrar roamed the cell blocks trying to register us to vote.

Is that right? I don’t know.

But it’s true.

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