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Jack Kemp: Ex-Felons Should Get Voting Rights

POSTED: 11:45 pm EDT October 18, 2005
UPDATED: 11:46 pm EDT October 18, 2005

WASHINGTON -- Former Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp has asked Congress to require that states restore voting rights for felons once they complete their sentences.

Kemp's recommendation came Tuesday at the first in a series of hearings about the Voting Rights Act. Some of the provisions in the 40-year-old law expire in 2007.

One lawmaker suggested that Congress tweak the act to guarantee voting rights for ex-felons.

Kemp has endorsed the idea, but one member of a national commission on the Voting Rights Act said states should be able to set their own requirements.

The member also said the number of disenfranchised felons isn't high enough to influence elections.
 
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