Extending Democracy to Ex-Offenders

The laws that strip ex-offenders of the right to vote across the United States are the shame of the democratic world. Of an estimated five million Americans who were barred from voting in the last presidential election, a majority would have been able to vote if they had been citizens of countries like Britain, France, Germany or Australia.
 
The Iowa and Nebraska cases reflect a growing awareness in some of the states that these laws offend the basic principles of democracy.