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?
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.