Well this will be the first mid-term election I will have to miss. I know it’s our civic duty but when certain laws are in place to prevent you for voting for not so various reasons and only in some states then you can’t so please don’t guilt us for not voting as we are already being punished for it – literally.
That having been said I will be able to vote in 2020 and I will posit a position that we END voter suppression for non-incarcerated and/or non-violent offenders. With the population as it is today this should be a no-brainer. Unfair laws should be voted on by the people who are/were harmed by them. Those on probation/parole have essentially fulfilled their sentences and if you want to extend suppression of voting rights for repeat VIOLENT offenders then I could see that as well. Laws can be changed and hopefully for the better of EVERYONE. The other thing that needs to be changed is the gross stigma tied to POOR offenders. White collar criminals need to be punished more justly and not allowed to “buy” their way out of it.
All drugs need to be decriminalized – not legalized, except for marijuana. You can still restrict certain activities like dispensing/receiving without a legitimate prescription by a legitimate seller/pharmacist, driving and/or operating heavy machinery while under the influence and employers can still suspend or fire drugged or drunk employees/executives while on the job or at the workplace. What’s kind of humorous about this is that liquor establishments were shut down on voting day so that people wouldn’t vote drunk. I think GREED is a far more insidious disease that warrants extreme stigma against it!