PolitiFact R.I. rules claim about felons voting in Rhode Island True
In a segment billed as "Outrage of the Week," Medeiros cited the fact that 3,001 felons on probation or parole had been allowed to vote in Rhode Island during the 2008 election, and she said that a larger but unknown number had probably voted in this month's election.
Holy time warp batman!!! LOL
Sorry but your artificial scare tactics don't really work on those who actually READ the referenced articles. See below for the ACTUAL details and PLEASE, PLEASE stop listening to those idiots on "artificial NEWS sites" that are trying to fabricate something to SCARE people with...
So, by inference an anomaly in 2008 is (politically) linked to THIS YEARS election some 4 years later? REALLY? Those Fox News idiots will dig up anything they can even if it's not applicable to the current environment....Oh, and by the way...There was nothing illegal in them voting. If it outrages you AND you live in Rhode Island, take action. If you don't then...you really have NO INFLUENCE on that particular state law.
That was even outlined in the original article (rather than the snipet crafted for political reasons)...
If you are OUTRAGED by the FACT that "Whether allowing felons to vote is an "outrage" is a matter of opinion....The 2008 election cycle was [the] first in which RI felons on probation/parole could vote since [the] 19th century....Medeiros accurately cited the OpenDoors number. But where did the number come from? First, a little background.
In 2006, OpenDoors -- then known as the Family Life Center -- was one of a number of organizations that pushed for a referendum to change the state Constitution to make it easier for convicted felons to become eligible to vote.
Under state law at the time, felons couldn’t register to vote until they had finished not only their prison terms but any probation or parole as well.
The referendum question asked voters to amend the Constitution to allow felons to register to vote after their release from incarceration, regardless of how long they might be on probation or parole.
Supporters said that would help released inmates feel more connected to the law-abiding community and help reduce the odds of them committing new crimes. Opponents argued that those who committed serious crimes had to earn the right to vote by completing their whole sentence, including probation or parole."