The last presidential election cycle was decided by just a 0.4 percent margin in Oregon. That's only about 6,700 hundred votes.
The Western Prison Project estimates that as many as 30,000 ex-felons in Oregon may not have registered because they don't know or have been misinformed as to their voting rights.
They also estimate that 70 to 80 percent would vote Democrat. That would bump the margin by four times -- making a nearly 2 percent differential in the popular vote.
I never thought it was that big a group. But it was driven home when I read an article in the magazine "In These Times." It started with a conversation that was a near perfect echo of one I'd had with a co-worker.
"I can't vote yet. I'm not allowed," he said. That's true in many states. Consider that in Jeb Bush's Florida the governor must grant permission on a case-by-case basis to reinstate voting rights. It's not so in Oregon.
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