Another argument against these laws is the potential for abuse and plain old sloppiness, especially when the filtering is contracted out to unaccountable third parties. I wouldn't have much objection to denying convicted felons the right to vote if I were reasonably sure that the people claimed to be convicted felons really were convicted felons. In practice, though, it sounds like it amounts to denying the vote to anyone that ChoicePoint, Inc. puts on a list, and I have problems with that.

Posted by: Matt McIrvin at July 29, 2003 06:01 AM

On the Florida Felon Factor - has anybody read Greg Palast's book The Best Democracy Money Can Buy? He argues that 90,000 or so "felons" were never convicted of a felony, but had merely been mislabled by a flawed database used by Choicepoint (mentioned by Matt McIrvin above)? Has this been confirmed anywhere else or is there reason to not find this story credible?

Posted by: MaB at July 29, 2003 06:18 AM

Great story.

I suspect Welch is more felonious than I (if we subtract the number of times I've been disengenious to customs officials....)

Can someone point me to a list of felonies -- perhaps I'm missing some I've committed.

Always looking for a way to further disenfranchise myself.

Posted by: Joel at July 29, 2003 10:06 PM

Me, I even admire the title. Great article!

Posted by: Thomas Nephew at July 30, 2003 12:03 PM

Thanks, all! And Joel, let's not forget your allegedly felonious teen years....

Posted by: Matt Welch at July 30, 2003 05:33 PM

Thank you, Tom, the title hadn't registered with me. "Felonious Bunk" is almost Dickensian. Would make a great pseudonym for the proprietor of a legal review Blog that advocates for the reform of Felony Law.

Posted by: Ray Eckhart at July 31, 2003 04:52 AM
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