To Be Stripped From Voting Means Losing Citizenship

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David Waller, who was formerly incarcerated, looked forward to July 2, 2007, when he and his 18-year-old son handed in their voter registration applications together. “I’d like to set a good example for my children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to take an active role in voting,” said Waller, pointing out that families can become disconnected from voting when a loved one loses the right to vote due to a felony conviction.

Waller had been in and out of the prison system as a young adult, but today, he is a grandfather who understands the importance of giving back to his community and his family.  “Those of us that are ex-offenders can contribute positively to the social order,” said Waller. “As an ex-offender, to be stripped from voting means we lose the right to citizenship.”

Source: The Sentencing Project

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