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Sam Reed, MA Biography

Former Washington Secretary of State
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"

“We believe a rational basis does exist for the Legislature to deny felons the right to vote until they have completed their entire court-ordered sentences, including payment of criminal penalties, victim’s restitution, and legal fees, rather than separating out various sentencing aspects.”

“State To Appeal Ruling Granting Voting Rights To Felons Who Owe Fines,” Seattle Times, Mar. 29, 2006

[Editor’s Note: Individuals and organizations that do not support felon re-enfranchisement until felons have paid all fines and restitution (in addition to having completed their term of incarceration and probation/parole) are classified as Not Clearly Pro or Con. Also, those who support re-enfranchisement of some felons but not others (for example, felons who committed murder or rape) are also classified as Not Clearly Pro or Con.]

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Secretary of State, Washington, 2001-Jan. 2013
  • Secretary, National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), 2004
  • Thurston County Auditor, 1978–2000
  • Election observer for the Russian Khabarovsk Territorial Governor, Dec. 1997
  • Election observer, representing the U.S.A., for the Republic of Uganda, Africa, Apr. 1994
  • Governors Distinguished Volunteer Award, 1986
  • Director, State Constitutional Reform Commission, 1975–1977
  • Assistant Secretary of State, 1969–1975
  • Executive Director, Governor’s Urban Affairs Council, 1967–1969
  • Member, Washington State Historical Society Board of Trustees
  • Member, TVW’s Board of Directors
  • Member, YMCA Youth and Government Board
  • Member, State Capitol Committee
  • Past President, National Association of Secretaries of State
  • Past President, Olympia Kiwanis Club
  • Professional Elections Officer, Secretary of State’s Office
  • Certified: Professional Finance Officer, Washington Finance Officers Association
  • MA, Political Science, Washington State University
  • BA, Social Studies, Washington State University
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Are Laws That Disenfranchise People with Felony Convictions a Form of Racial Discrimination?
  2. Should People with Felony Convictions Have to Pay All Fines, Fees, and Restitutions Related to Their Conviction before Regaining Their Vote?