Last updated on: 2/14/2014 | Author: ProCon.org

Roger Clegg, JD Biography

Title:
President and General Counsel at the Center for Equal Opportunity
Position:
Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“We have certain minimum, objective standards of responsibility, trustworthiness, and commitment to our laws that we require of people before they are entrusted with a role in the solemn enterprise of self-government. And so we don’t allow everyone to vote: not children, not noncitizens, not the mentally incompetent, and not people who have been convicted of committing serious crimes against their fellow citizens.

The right to vote can be restored, but it should be done carefully, on a case-by-case basis, once a person has shown that he or she has really turned over a new leaf.”

“Eric Holder’s Call for Felon Reenfranchisement,” nationalreview.com, Feb. 12, 2013

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Contributing Editor, National Review Online
  • Vice President and General Counsel, National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 1993-1997
  • Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), 1991-1993
  • Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, USDOJ, 1987-1991
  • Assistant to the Solicitor General, USDOJ, 1985-1987
  • Associate Deputy Attorney General, USDOJ, 1984-1985
  • Acting Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, USDOJ, 1984
Education:
  • JD, Yale University Law School, 1981
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Argument of No Taxation without Representation Justify Giving Felons the Vote?
  2. Should Felons Be Permitted to Vote while in Prison?
  3. Is Voting a Privilege and Not a Right?
  4. Does the US Congress Have Authority to Legislate Felon Enfranchisement in Federal Elections?
  5. Would Re-Enfranchised Felons Voting as a Bloc Subvert Laws Protecting Society?
  6. Should Felons Lose Their Ability to Vote in Elections Because Society Can No Longer Trust Them?
  7. Should Felons Automatically Regain the Vote after Their Full Sentence (Including Probation/Parole) Is Served?
  8. Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?
  9. Are Felon Disenfranchisement Laws a Form of Racial Discrimination?