November is going to be a strange time for many Oklahomans.
Many will be able to carry concealed weapons without a permit, we’ll officially have a state steak, and some students will be able to opt out vaccinations just by not having their parent sign a consent form. Not to mention going through Thanksgiving amid a presidential impeachment. Good luck out there.
That said, there is one particular law that goes into effect today that should give Oklahoma voters some hope. I mean, not a lot of hope; it’s still Republican red thru and thru so don’t get too excited. I’m talking about House Bill 2253.
According to the Tulsa World, HB 2253 will allow ex-felons the right to vote after completing their sentence. What does this mean? It means that there will possibly be a bigger, more diverse voter turnout for all local and state elections. Or, more likely, everyone will remain disappointed that their vote didn’t matter in this blood-red state.
I’m thrilled to see ex-felons being able to do what is right in our society. If you’ve served your time, you should be able to vote and be pissed by the results like the rest of us. Hey, it’s still Oklahoma. We still have a long way to go before the state does anything we might call “progressive.”
Regardless, this is a transitional step for criminal justice; especially in a state like Oklahoma with its less-than-reputable status when it comes to prisons. Personally, I’m just happy to see Oklahoma give a shit about felons outside the confines of their overcrowded prisons. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say our state is giving good ol’ fashioned democracy a shot.