Ideas | There are a lot of difficulties to apply


As the Election Day follows, stimulating anecdotal for issuing new voters, more than six million people will be denied registration and voting rights this November. That is about three per cent of the adult population in the United States.

Although many Americans claim to believe in the second opportunity, the laws of this country are constantly preventing people from participating in the community after time working out of the right to vote. Those who have completed their judgment All of them are often prevented by throwing votes simply because they have unpaid censuses and court fees. Seven states – Arkansas, Arizona, Alabama, Connecticut, Kentucky, Tennessee and Florida – are banned by lawyers from bailing people. Other states – such as North Carolina, New Mexico and Wisconsin – to repeat sound, People must complete parole or trial, which often requires payment of excise fees and excise fees.

In all cases, the value of the product may be significant: For example, in North Carolina, people arrested must pay $ 40 per month for inspection and $ 90 per month if they are installed electronically. These are often accompanied by the fees they have already had. These include $ 60 to decide if a person is too weak to have a lawyer, $ 10 a day every day he or she is in custody because bail was unacceptable, and $ 600 if the prosecutor defines the county criminal offense.

A 14-nation state-funded research project has found families with an average of $ 13,600 fine-fines and a fine. We've seen the accounts of people you owe tenth Thousands – $ 33,000 once and $ 91,000. And, in many cases, you can not make the ballot papers until you have paid any debt.

Regardless of the targets described in this policy, the effect is clear: experts can provide these payments immediately, while poor people can survive in their debt while rejecting their ability to voice their voice submit.

You may wonder: How much does it cost? The answer is that the criminal justice system is personal to everyone. In in all provinces but Hawaii and Columbia District, There are costs for "priority" wearing an ankle bag. In 44 states, there are costs to oversee the monitoring and protection of parole. In 43 states and Columbia, there are public prosecution defenders – although our constitution guarantees both the counselor and the prosecution of criminals. 41 states, people are charged with "room and board." The list goes on. In Ohio, all the people are told, there are 118 different and extra fees.

When people come back to the community, they often have thousands of loans. Generally, about 10 million people are owed $ 50 billion in debt to the criminal justice system. The problem, money is generally looga apply to persons who are not able to pay more. Brookings notes that the information found in all public prisons for the record of 16 years, indicated, at least half of those recently released could be able to get a job – even when they got a job , many have earned income under the poverty line.

Collaboration of discrimination, licensing licenses, housing restrictions and other barriers to financial stability re-enter the community – and the ability to pay off the court debts – almost unreasonable.

When citizens are denied the fundamental rights of property, the principle of our Constitution – our government can not refuse the poor people's basic rights in our society because they are poor – they are broken. Lawyers for the Civil Rights organizations have used this argument in cases of cases, debate their actions are based on the assets held, driver's license permit unpaid debt, and increasing test requirements when people can not afford to take a drug test and monitoring.

Seven states that have a clear repayment of voting rights to repay debts, legislators must remove legal provisions. We must end the culture that allows governments to connect with the right to vote on debt collection and to complete the test or freedom. And, until they do this reform, the governors should use power restraint to ensure that those who have ceased to be able to repatriate the right to vote only because of a debt that can not be paid directly. We will not have full democracy until all the voices are heard in the ballot box.

The Sebastian is a political adviser for Civil Rights. Danielle Lang is a legal adviser for voting rights and the reform of the Campaign Law Campaign.