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Expanding vote supports Maryland's falling recidivism rate

Expanding vote supports Maryland's falling recidivism rate

The debate about the voting rights of people who've committed crimes made me step back and scratch my head. Everyone has a moment like that, when something — in this case, a veto by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan of a bill that further liberalized felon voting — makes you stop and question what you'd always accepted as right and even righteous.

Like most people, I always accepted the idea that, if you're in prison, you should not be allowed to vote.

More than that, I accepted the once-a-felon-always-a-felon idea that you should never get a chance to participate in democracy again. Commit a major crime, and you're a non-citizen for the rest of your life. It's a principle...

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