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"CAPTIVE" YOUTH VOTE: New Bill Advocates for Voter Registration Among Jailed Youth

YOUTH VOTE: New Bill Advocates for Voter Registration Among Jailed Youth
Via coloradopeakpolitics.com » Submitted On Thu, 01/17/2013 - 11:50am by Norman Wolfe

That Democrats aggressively pursue the youth vote is no surprise, but a new bill promising to pursue theincarcerated youth vote has raised eyebrows.

The bill sponsored by Democratic Colorado State House Rep. Paul Rosenthal, is titled “Concerning the Voting Rights of Individuals in the Custody of the Division of Youth Corrections within the Department of Human Services” and it requires that adults over the age of 18 in the Division of Youth Corrections (a.k.a., convicted felons) be registered and allowed to vote.

The proposed law makes no differentiation between those in the Division of Youth Corrections for misdemeanors or felonies.  If this doesn’t include those who are convicted of felonies, the law is simply a restatement of the existing law.  Those who are convicted of misdemeanors and who will be 18 by the next election are already eligible to vote, according to the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition.

Either way, we have to hand it to Democrats for targeting a truly “captive” audience.

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