Holder presses voting rights for ex-cons
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The head of the Justice Department called upon states Tuesday to strike down laws restricting voting rights for criminals who have served their time, asserting that the policies disproportionately affect minorities.
Attorney General Eric Holder urged legislative action in eleven states to overturn “felony disenfranchisement” laws that currently bar roughly 5.8 million Americans from voting due to a past criminal conviction.
“The current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore, it is also too unjust to tolerate,” Holder said during remarks at a criminal justice forum at Georgetown University Law Center.
“These restrictions are not only unnecessary and unjust, they’re also counter-productive,” he said. “These laws increase the likelihood that they will commit future crimes; they undermine the re-entry process.”