JT Of City Girls Expresses Frustrations About Not Being Able To Vote As A Felon: I Live In America & Pay Taxes
Being a felon in America and not being able to vote has progressively become more of a hot topic amidst rising political views and racial injustice in the U.S. Rapper JT of the Miami-based duo, City Girls, is the latest to speak out on this topic.
JT (born Jatavia Shakara) was charged and sentenced to 24 months in prison for aggravated identity theft, thereby becoming a felon and discontinuing her right to vote.
She took to Twitter to express her frustrations.
Fans of JT offered tips and suggestions on how she could combat the position she’s in.
After responding and retweeting several responses regarding her right to vote, JT tweeted that appreciated the pointers but still can’t vote.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures:
“It has been common practice in the United States to make felons ineligible to vote, in some cases permanently. Over the last few decades, the general trend has been toward reinstating the right to vote at some point, although this is a state-by-state policy choice.”
LeBron James made a huge move in helping felons regain the right to vote. On Friday (July 24), his “More Than A Vote” initiative committed $100,000 to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition to help felons be able to vote. On Twitter, he wrote:
“This is a fight about their constitutional right to vote being denied.”
Boxing legend Mike Tyson recently announced his plans in voting for the first time, expressing that he didn’t think he could vote because of his past criminal record. In 1992, he served three years of the six that he was sentenced to after being convicted of one count of rape and two counts of deviant sexual conduct.
On Sep. 22 he wrote on social media,
“This election will be my 1st time voting. I never thought I could because of my felony record. I’m proud to finally vote.”
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