I’ve hammered Rand Paul many times for taking unconscionable positions on a number of issues and pandering to the most extreme wing of his party, but I’ve also given him credit when he’s been right. And I have to applaud him for speaking out in favor of restoring the voting rights of felons who complete their sentence.
In a dozen states, people who have committed a felony and gotten sent to prison don’t get their voting rights back after completing their sentence. One of those dozen is Kentucky, represented by stalwart conservative Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).
Speaking at a local event in Louisville Monday, Paul argued that felons who have served their sentences should get their voting rights restored. He rightly noted that one of every three adult black men are convicted felons.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Paul said he will push to reform felon disenfranchisement laws both in Washington D.C. and Kentucky.
I hope he means it and I hope he sponsors legislation on it in the Senate, even if it has no chance of passing the House. On criminal justice issues — the death penalty, police misconduct, prosecutorial immunity, mandatory minimums, the war on drugs, racist stop and frisk, etc — libertarians and liberals are mostly in agreement and I think we should work together more on those issues. Even a few conservative Republican legislators and organizations are beginning to come around on some of these things, such as ALEC, which is now pushing to get rid of mandatory minimum sentences.