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November 2, 2018

Too Poor to Vote

By Marta Steele

Anyone who believes that criminals are a drain on society and taxpayer money will do well to read this op-ed. And anyone who believes that all criminals are treated equally well or badly had better study this comparison between those who can afford court costs and those who can't. The former win back their voting rights more quickly, for example—yet another instance of our electoral system favoring the wealthy over the poor. The details ar ...

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Prisoner--likely to be disenfranchised in all but two of the states, Maine and Vermont.
Prisoner--likely to be disenfranchised in all but two of the states, Maine and Vermont.
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Anyone who believes that criminals are a drain on society and taxpayer money will do well to read this op-ed. And anyone who believes that all criminals are treated equally well or badly had better study this comparison between those who can afford court costs and those who can't. The former win back their voting rights more quickly, for example—yet another instance of our electoral system favoring the wealthy over the poor. The details are hair-raising.

Authors Website: http://www.wordsunltd.com

Authors Bio:

Marta Steele is an author/editor/blogger who has been writing for Opednews.com since 2006. She is also author of the 2012 book "Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, 2000-2008" (Columbus, Free Press) and a member of the Election Integrity movement since 2001. Her original website, WordsUnLtd.com, first entered the blogosphere in 2003. She recently became a senior editor for Opednews.com. She has in the past taught college and worked as a full-time as well as freelance reporter. She has been a peace and election integrity activist since 1999. Her undergraduate and graduate educational background are in Spanish, classical philology, and historical and comparative linguistics. Her biography is most recently listed in "Who's Who in America" 2019 and in 2018 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Who's Who.


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