Hawaii Considering Giving People in Prison the Right to Vote
Date:  03-10-2016

Helping incarcerated people take part in election process might make them feel less disenfranchised, say advocates
The following article from the Greenfield, Indiana Daily Reporter was originally posted by the Associated Press on February 25, 2016

HONOLULU — State lawmakers are considering a bill that would give some Hawaii felons and prisoners the right to vote.

Supporters say the loss of voting rights disproportionately affects minorities, who often experience higher rates of incarceration. They say losing the right to vote undermines the democratic process.

"It makes a lot of sense when you think why people commit crimes in the first place," said Rep. Kaniela Ing, who introduced the bill. "They feel like they're not a part of the system."

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