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Eric Holder: Let felons start voting again

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During a speech at the Georgetown University Law Center on Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder declared that he wanted to extend voting rights for felons after being released from prison.

"I call upon the American people - who overwhelmingly oppose felony disenfranchisement - to join us in bringing about the end of misguided policies that unjustly restrict what's been called the 'most basic right' of American citizenship," he explained.

Holder cited the "vocal support" of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., for the idea, promoting it as a bipartisan solution. Another prominent Republican, former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, also supported the idea in his unsuccessful campaign last year for governor.

Holder pointed out that the laws blocking felons from voting caused "alienation and disillusionment" by those trying to reform their lives. He also said that the laws fell short of the promise of equal opportunity and justice for all Americans.

"Today – together – we need to correct this injustice," he said.

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