Former Member of the US House of Representatives (D-MI)
Pro to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?"
"The United States may have the most restrictive disenfranchisement policy in the world. Such prohibitions on the right to vote undermine both the voting system and the fundamental rights of ex-offenders."
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Involvement and Affiliations:
Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-MI), 1964-2017
Ranking Democrat, House Committee on the Judiciary, 1994-2017
Former Chairman, House Committee on Government Operations (renamed House Committee on Government Reform), 1989-1994
Recipient, Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award (presented to him by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)
Co-Founder, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) (one of 13 founding members), 1964
Executive Board Member, American Civil Liberties Union, Detroit, 1964-unknown
General Counsel for three labor locals in Detroit, 1959-1964
Staff, US Representative John D. Dingell, Jr., 1958-1961
Served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, 1950-1954
Served in the US National Guard, 1948-1950
LLB, Wayne State University, 1958
BA, Wayne State University, 1957
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Introduced the Democracy Restoration Act of 2014 on Apr. 10, 2014. The act, according to congress.gov, "[d]eclares that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless, at the time of the election, such individual is serving a felony sentence in a correctional institution or facility."