Monday, May 26, 2014

Photo 17

Wow. Just found some photos of the Ukrainian election - here are a few. The first two are a soldier and his daughter in Lviv and a family in Kyiv.

This one - a polling place in a town called Kodra, near Kyiv - is honestly kind of creepy. A little bit like a lot of pictures you can see here on voting day, toy gun and all. For the old USSR seal, just imagine a Confederate battle flag...

That last one? Number 17 in the gallery? A guy in jail, life sentence, voting.

Felony disenfranchisement is part of the way we destroy participatory democracy in this country, in my opinion. Voting from jail may be too far in the other direction (though a couple of states allow it), but it beats losing the right forever - especially in a country where incarceration rates vary so wildly by factors unrelated to the actual crime.

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At 7:02 AM, June 05, 2014 Anonymous Adrian Morgan had this to say...

A Google search for information about prisoner voting rights lead me to this table, which summarises the international situation.

I was not previously aware that there were any restrictions on the voting privileges of Australian prisoners, and was under the impression that America was very nearly the only country in the western world that does not facilitate voting from prison.

I've learned today that the situation is more nuanced than that. But it does at least support what every reasonably well-educated person knows: that voting rights of prisoners are commonplace worldwide.


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