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05:52 pm: Sleepy
I slept until 2:45pm and have been sleepy since then, so when I finish writing this, I'll nap and then come back later to read. I don't have much to say, anyway.

Apparently our governor wants all the anger at once. Virginia and Kentucky are the only states that require the governor to decide about giving the vote back to non-violent felons who are out of prison. All other states just have a rule about time. For Virginia, the felon has to fill out a form and stay out of trouble for three years. But now the governor is putting in another step -- all non-violent felons out of prison must also write him a letter saying why they should have the vote, including what church they're going to, along with other items. Remind you of any other method of making voting difficult for blacks and minorities?

Back in 1998, a judge let a guy with two previous DUIs go, no jail. And then August 2009, that guy ran into the judge and his wife, leaving them with major damage and none for him -- he walked around smiling while other motorists tried to help the couple until the rescue squad came. Their life has been changed completely from what it had been. Not a nice kind of irony.

Did you hear about the new fossils found that show something like part ape and part human? And the guy who found them did so because he used Google Earth to see new caves from above. (His boy was the one who actually pointed at the first fossil.)

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Date:April 11th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
Is it legal/constitutional to give consideration to someone's religious affiliations when deciding whether or not they may vote?

It's always seemed weird to me to deny ex-prisoners the right to vote even for a period of time. Even during their sentence, for that matter. It's not like they're all going to vote for the head mafia guy as president or anything because in a sane society (ex-)prisoners should be a minority anyway. If (ex-)prisoners are a majority then you've got other problems with your society....

In New Zealand apparently if you're in prison (or a mental institution) for longer than three years (this is the length of the electoral cycle) then you can't vote during that time. But if you're in for less you can vote, and when you've finished your sentence you get all your rights back again.
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Date:April 11th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
The way it was said by the governor's staff, you do need to go to church. It's certainly possible that they simply have to talk about what kind of community work they do.

In the US, most states never give violent prisoners the vote back. So we're looking at non-violent ex-felons. They're not an over-all majority, but in the black community, they're very close to a majority. Although one good thing, I think, is that many black male prisoners become Islam and stop what brought them in.
Date:April 11th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Hope the nap helped.
I hope the guy who ran into the judge and his wife ended up in jail this time around.
I think your governor is going just a tad too far with his requirements.
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Date:April 11th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, I just got up after 3.5 hours and I think just because I needed the bathroom. The guy will go to trial soon, which is why the news came out now. And yes, the governor is trying to keep blacks and minorities from being able to vote when they're out of prison. Unfortunately, a lot of people in Virginia like that.
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