MN Supreme Court defers to lawmakers on felon voting rights

Minnesota’s Supreme Court declined to restore voting rights to people with felony records who still haven’t satisfied parole or probation. In a decision issued Wednesday, Justice Paul Thissen concluded, “There may be many compelling reasons why society should not permanently prohibit—or perhaps prohibit at all — persons convicted of a felony from voting. But the people of Minnesota made the choice to establish a constitutional baseline that persons convicted of a felony are not entitled or permitted to vote, and the people of Minnesota have not seen fit to amend the constitution to excise the felon voting prohibition.” Brian Bakst, Minnesota Public Radio.

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