After Antoinette Banks served time for a bogus check conviction, she left prison thinking she'd never be able to vote again. She was wrong. Now, the paralegal is letting ex-inmates know they have the civil right to vote. If you've served time, when do you regain your right to vote? What paperwork do you have to file? Do most ex-inmates know they have that right? And how big an influence will they have at the polls? We talk to a woman registering ex-inmates, plus a voting rights lawyer.
GUEST Antoinette Banks, paralegal Erika Wood, associate law professor, New York Law School
Off topic, however, I'm practically speechless that Ms. Banks wrote a bad check & served 2 years & 4 months in prison. She said that if she had been more patient, she could have gotten parol. Did no one counsel her while in the waiting cell? Why not? The atmosphere of mean-spiritedness is overwhelming in our country. I see this in every industry, hugely in our political "situation," and in the comment made by the male caller to this program.Elizabeth Bird –May 8, 2012 10:17:51 AM
While listening to the discussion about the loss of the right to vote for felons it hit me. They have taxation without representation. If they lose the right to vote should they have to pay taxes. According to principles on which this country was started, the should not pay taxes either. Once a felon always a felon, is like once a child always a child, saying that you can never move on or grow up.Kenneth Banks –May 8, 2012 10:06:10 AM