SB2090 was passed in Illinois and mandated that any county with a population greater than three million establish a voting poll inside its county jail. Now SB828 is making its way through the Senate and this bill would allow for prisoners to vote in all Illinois prisons. Executive Director of Chicago Votes, Stevie Valles speaks with Team MVP Correspondent Brian Althimer about this bill and why he feels it is important. Stevie also discusses:
- Why do you believe that people in prison should be given the right to vote?
- What do you think are the implications of not providing voting rights to prisoners?
- What parallels do you see between the voting rights of people in prison and the voting rights of people with felony convictions in general?
- Do you think that voting rights for people in prison would help them reintegrate into society?
- What are some unintended consequences of people in prison having access to voting privileges?
- Why do you consider prisoners voting a form of historic voting legislation?
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