Hon. Stan Moody
1434 Ohio St., Unit 44Bangor, ME email@example.comMar 4, 2013Re: LD 573: Resolution, Proposing Amendment to the Constitution to Restrict theVoting Privileges of Persons Incarcerated for Murder or Class A Crimes
This resolution proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Maine that revokesthe right of a person in a correctional facility of the State to vote if that person wasconvicted of a crime punishable by more than 10 years of imprisonment, whichcurrently includes murder and Class A crimes.
Chairman Tuttle; Chairman Luchini; distinguished members of the Joint StandingCommittee on Veterans and Legal Affairs: I submit testimony today in oppositionto this Resolution.The Maine State Legislature, in its wisdom, recently joined with the State of Vermont in instituting seamless voting rights for its citizens convicted of a crimeof any nature. This Resolution now seeks to withdraw those rights from certainsegments of that population.That the legislature has the power to restore certain rights to any group at large iswithout question. That the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee was the proper jurisdiction for debate and presentation of universal voting rights also is withoutquestion. To then withdraw those rights only from certain segments within anydesignated group, however, raises questions not only of jurisdiction but of theseparation of powers.