The Heritage Foundation has just published a paper that we wrote on legislative efforts to re-enfranchise felons. The second part of the paper argues that automatic re-enfranchisement of felons is unwise, but the paper begins by demonstrating that, whatever you think as a matter of public policy, the Constitution clearly commits this issue to the states. So it is disturbing that Senator Rand Paul is once again pushing a federal bill along with Senator Harry Reid (D., Nev.) in this area; our paper addresses that bill in particular and its blatant unconstitutionality. Link to National Review.
John Fund at National Review discusses the former Mayor of Charlotte voting as a felon awaiting sentencing. As a result, the former Mayor adds another felony to his rap sheet.