Should breaking the law mean you forfeit your right to help make the law or elect the lawmakers? Most people convicted of a felony in Maryland and Virginia cede their right to vote- often for life. But voting-rights activists sense a political opening to expand the franchise. Join Kojo for a look at the arguments for and against felon voting rights.


  • Marc Mauer Executive Director of the Sentencing Project, and editor of "Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment" (New Press)
  • Roger Clegg President and General Counsel, Center for Equal Opportunity
  • Salima Siler Marriot Maryland State Delegate (D- Dist. 40)
  • Patrick McDonough Maryland State Delegate (R- Dist 7, Baltimore County)

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