Should prisoners be able to vote? Illinois could lead the way

Right to vote: should prisoners be able to vote? Illinois could lead the way

  • Illinois could become the first state to restore people’s right to vote while serving time for a felony.
  • Oregon attempted to pass a similar bill this year, but failed.
  • “Voting plays a major role in the politics that govern the spaces in which so many people are doomed to exist,” said Renaldo Hudson, who was convicted of murder and now advocates for the right to vote.

A 19-year-old drug addict and functional illiterate, Renaldo Hudson entered prison in 1983 to await trial in the murder of a 71-year-old man he stabbed 60 times before setting his Chicago apartment on fire. .

Facing a death sentence for killing Folke Peterson, the teenager’s mind was far from Americans’ right to vote.

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