Bernard Kerik is an accomplished law enforcement leader and advocate for people with past criminal convictions.We spoke with to Mr. Kerik about his work, his life, and how they have come to influence each other.
Nearly 200,000 Kentuckians cannot vote because of antiquated laws excluding them from our democracy. The legislature, and every citizen, had a chance to change that, but it looks as if the Kentucky Senate is squandering that opportunity.
Desmond Meade is President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, a collection of organizations and individuals working to end Florida’s felony disenfranchisement law. Florida’s law is the nation’s harshest and farthest reaching. Currently, over 1.3 million Floridians who have completed their sentences cannot vote because of their prior convictions.
Voter turnout is already low in off-year elections. New laws making it harder for Americans to participate only make the problem worse. Instead, legislators should work to make elections free, fair, and accessible to all eligible citizens.
The relentless onslaught of rule changes, voting barriers, and campaign cash barely slowed after the 2012 presidential election. And yesterday, we got a chance to see some of the latest casualties of the voting war.