Senator Ted Stevens, Covicted Felons, and Voting

Senator Ted Stevens, senior republican from Alaska, has been found guilty on all corruption charges and could go to prison for five years. Meanwhile, from what I’ve read, he’s still running for re-election. Oh, and he doesn’t have to give up his current Senate seat. (I know that the election is next week, but it’s the principle here that I’m after; even if this had happened a year ago, he would not have had to leave the Senate.)

Soooooooooooo, let me get this straight: If you’re a convicted felon in this country, you can’t vote…………..But you can still serve as a United States senator. Hmmmmmmmm.

If Mr. Average American commits a felonious crime against society, he forfeits his right to vote in an election. A United States senator, on the other hand, who commits the same felonious crime against society can remain a United States senator. Does that mean that he can vote, too? Will Stevens be able to vote? Will he be able to vote for president? Will he at least be able to vote for himself? And if he does, and if he wins, then will he serve as senator while he’s serving as Prisoner #490580149240385089348098403218340?

The Congress does have the power to expel Senator Stevens, but it has to vote on it, and a two-thirds majority is needed. I wonder if we could all get together and vote on whether non-congressional convicted felons should be given the right to vote; to be fair, passage could require a two-thirds majority.

2 Responses to “Senator Ted Stevens, Covicted Felons, and Voting”

  1. 1 jonolan October 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    No. Stevens no longer has the right to vote in any US election. Strangely, he does retain the right to keep his Senate seat and vote on legislation. It’s a very weird loophole / oversight in our laws; felons can’t vote but can hold office.

  2. 2 Mary October 28, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I doubt it’s as much a loophole as a choice. I’m sure that fellow Senators don’t want to take away great pay and benefits from a co-worker just because of a minor transgression such as a felony; otherwise, they’d be voting to close the loophole and kick him out of the Senate today.

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