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A convicted killer can vote so why can't I?

Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00

Why should an Irish murderer be able to cast a postal vote from Portlaoise prison in the upcoming presidential election when I am prohibited from doing the exact same thing from California?

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It is ironic that Irish prisoners have more voting rights than law-abiding Irish ex-patriots.

But here in the United States, the voting system operates in just the opposite manner. Every American state (except Maine and Vermont) prohibits its prisoners from voting, whereas law-abiding US citizens residing abroad are entitled to cast a postal ballot in US presidential elections.

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