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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Can felons vote in Illinois?

This is one of those questions you imagine the drunk at the end of the bar answering with great authority. But, if he's like most of the the people I'm reading on the internet, he's getting it wrong. For instance, this guy in the comment section on the Schilling article railing on and on about the Republican's defeat in the Illinois governor's race:

19,000 thousand votes. and that is almost the exact number of CONVICTED FELONS now held in ILLINOIS. That have been allowed to vote just 14 months after Quinn released 1700 Felons..

And like the drunk perched on his bar stool holding court, you just cannot argue with him. So, let's go right to the Illinois Election Code and see what it says:

Sec. 3‑5. No person who has been legally convicted, in this or another State or in any federal court, of any crime, and is serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution, or who has been convicted under any section of this Act and is serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution, shall vote, offer to vote, attempt to vote or be permitted to vote at any election until his release from confinement.
Confinement for purposes of this Section shall include any person convicted and imprisoned but granted a furlough as provided by Section 3‑11‑1 of the "Unified Code of Corrections", or admitted to a work release program as provided by Section 3‑13‑2 of the "Unified Code of Corrections". Confinement shall not include any person convicted and imprisoned but released on parole.
Confinement or detention in a jail pending acquittal or conviction of a crime is not a disqualification for voting.

And that is the answer to that question.

Posted by Marie at November 6, 2010 10:56 PM

Comments

Not allowing ex-cons to vote makes no sense at all. If they've been released from prison, the implication is that they've paid their debt to society and can now become regular citizens again. But we don't allow them the basic fundamental right of voting. That's just wrong.

Posted by: Pete Anderson Author Profile Page at November 7, 2010 9:25 AM

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