Felony Disenfranchisement: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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  • Published on Sep 10, 2018
  • Many people with felony convictions are unfairly prohibited from voting, and the worst state for this - surprise - is Florida.
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  • Hector Reyes
    Hector Reyes 6 hours ago

    Rick Scott is a convicted CHRISTIAN criminal who other Christians chose to govern

  • Corwin Jackson
    Corwin Jackson 14 hours ago

    Rick Scott is a Dick!

  • Muca 0077
    Muca 0077 17 hours ago

    W.T.F
    how is this being allowed to happen in a so called democratic an civilized society!
    It's fucking unbelievable!!

  • Corwin Jackson
    Corwin Jackson 21 hour ago

    Feliny disenfranchisement WHITE AMERICAN BULLSHIT! just a way to hold people back in life.

  • Hypercube1729
    Hypercube1729 22 hours ago +1

    What a lawless, shithole country.

  • Michael Moyo
    Michael Moyo Day ago

    Even people with completely clear records are still stupid as heck, so... We're screwed?

  • Steve V
    Steve V Day ago

    Rick Scott is such a piece of shit. What a terrible human

  • Frank R. Haugen
    Frank R. Haugen Day ago

    In Norway, voting is done in prisons, because every adult citizen have the right to vote; which is how it should be in a democracy

  • Larry Byrd
    Larry Byrd Day ago

    A federal felony is essentially a life sentence. You can't vote, can't every own a gun, can't hold any kind of professional license. Getting a job is next to impossible and employers can and will treat you like shit with no consequences.

  • my2cents
    my2cents Day ago

    I never hear ex-felons complaining about their right to jury duty.

  • randy johnson
    randy johnson 2 days ago

    RICKY SCOTT ZIOMAFIA TERRORIST OLIGARCHY ASSHOLE

  • randy johnson
    randy johnson 2 days ago

    Knew someone that suffered from the ZIOMAFIA TERRORIST propaganda untill her family member was locked up for a crime he didn't commit. Luckily after 4months in prison he was released after the accuser said he didn't rape her!! FUCKED UP OLIGARCHY PROFITEERING

  • twitchy&trippy 333
    twitchy&trippy 333 3 days ago

    John oliver fucking rocks!!! ive had my rights taken and cant afford to (buy) them back!!!!

  • Sunquad
    Sunquad 7 days ago +3

    "This is a court of Mercy"?
    Yes, Prison is Mercy!
    not like we are twisting first time felons into gangs

  • Trista & The Edibles
    Trista & The Edibles 11 days ago

    THANK U AGAIN MR. JOHN OLIVER, YOU HAVE DONE A FAN-FRICKEN-TASTIC JOB, on a VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. BTW, Trump LOST the popular vote by 3 million. If those 6.1 MILLION DISENFRANCHISED VOTERS (probably mostly Democrat, because THAT's how #GOPNAZIS ROLL, w/their goddamn CAGING LISTS etc etc -) the Electoral College might not have been able to STEAL THE 2016 election & give it to a goddamn NAZI like Trump. THIS ISSUE IS CRITICAL. IT IS CONNECTED INEXTRICABLY w/ELECTION SECURITY. I am of the FIRM BELIEF & 'CONVICTION' (scuse the pun! ) that FELONY DISENFRANCHISEMENT IS A FORM OF CRUEL & UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT. In fact, this is one of my MAIN ISSUES AS A CANDIDATE FOR ARIZONA GOVERNOR 2022. On my FIRST DAY, I will PARDON & EXPUNGE MJ OFFENSES. My SECOND DAY, I'll RE-ENFRANCHISE ALL AZ VOTERS... EVEN GOP FELONS !!! Yer WELCOME, AMERIKKKA!
    PS: I'm calling on ALL GOOD PEOPLE, OF BOTH PARTIES TO #RUNWITHME !!! RUN 4 OFFICE & TAKE BACK THIS COUNTRY!! #Trista4Sheriff2020
    PS WHO BETTER TO VOTE THAN PEOPLE WHO HAVE SEEN HOW THE CRIMINAL INJUSTICE SYSTEM WORKS - OR DOESn'T WORK, actually--, FROM THE INSIDE !!!!

  • ca5ualm3dia
    ca5ualm3dia 11 days ago

    i don't think the federal government should be able to take away people's gun rights , or voting rights , Martha Steward is a felon , i think they should be punished on a case by case basis , if you rob a store with a gun , then you should loose your gun rights , much like a drunk drive looses his license , i love how people pick and choose when federal laws should be applied !

    • Rick 1974
      Rick 1974 Day ago

      Voting rigjts are more universal than the right to own a weapon.

  • Darren Spohn
    Darren Spohn 12 days ago +1

    As a Canadian, I feel most of your criminal justice system is racially biased and politically motivated.

  • Sarthak Mohanty
    Sarthak Mohanty 15 days ago +2

    Florida sometimes seems like a real world GTA Online server

  • Piriathy
    Piriathy 17 days ago +1

    “Except murderers and sex offenders” no, I don’t except that. Bill Clinton still gets to vote, all sex offenders should get to vote after they finish their sentence. Same w/ murderers, why not? It is wrong to take away their right to vote, it is wrong to subject them to taxation without representation.

  • Sean C
    Sean C 19 days ago

    So you give the government your money but can't exercise your rights to have some say over the composition of the government? They spend your money, you have to give it, you have no say over any of it.......seems highly reminiscent of theft......
    That said, if I were in the position of having to go before that shithead "mercy" panel, I'd invest a huge amount of time and effort into digging as deeply and severely in to each of their personal lives and backgrounds as possible, just in case we get to nitpicking over bullshit :D

  • BertRach1
    BertRach1 21 day ago

    How quickly they change.. give him a green card and within a few years he's doing a bad British accent as a joke... even though he already had a different bad British accent anyway. Pffft. John Oliver Jnr III.

  • Krissy
    Krissy 25 days ago

    "Where do y'all go to church. Do you go to church?"
    "All due respect, sir, but that question is innapropriate: no branch of government and no government official have any authority or business regarding my personal spiritual beliefs or expression. You cannot deny my rights over where I go to church, how often, or if I go at all."
    Granted, 100% he would deny my petition outright for talking to him that way, but non-Christians are fucking citizens too and he needs to hear it.

  • YouProbablyDon't LikeMe

    I'm from europe... one question... why on earth should people who cimmited a crime should not be allowed to vote? Imagine a country where you go to jail due to rules of society. And after being punished you cant even vote people who oppose the law u went to jail for. Voting... so changing society and politics is a right. If you take it away from people too easily you rather piss them off completely i would say. If you forogt to do your homework and the teacher puts the in the corner of shame for the rest of the year... hm... u will learn what justice means for sure...
    ...greatest country in the world? Try to think positive about people, also about people who did mistakes. You need to view people with love. But so many things in america are so cold hearted. Let people vote! Whats wrong with you? Are you scared that their political believe harm you? Then u have lost all faith in a democracy!

  • Don Fields
    Don Fields 25 days ago

    Anything mitch the bitch is for, by default must be wrong. He is the epitomy of old idiot scum, moscow mitch must be removed. All the idiots should be removed, yet we have plenty of idiots voting them in,so yeah, we are screwed.

  • FiNNiK
    FiNNiK 28 days ago

    It's not racism that one out of five black people can't vote in Florida because they aren't stopped from voting because they are black but because they did something a white person would get stopped from voting for, too.

    • Felix Philippe
      Felix Philippe 18 days ago

      sigh. no one is making that argument. what they are saying is that the racialised carceral system criminalises people of colour at far higher rates than whites, and thus disproportionately disenfranchises them. once again, this isn't because poc are more likely to commit crimes- it is because the system is set up to criminalise them based on race and class.
      just one example: www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/oct/08/los-angeles-police-stop-search-black-latino

  • FiNNiK
    FiNNiK 28 days ago +1

    Anyone who has to pay taxes should have the chance to vote.

  • Mehar
    Mehar Month ago +1

    Fuckin white racists

  • Empire State
    Empire State Month ago +1

    How does Scott have time to run a panel? Shouldn't he have been running the state of Florida? He should appoint independent panel members, or better yet, create a law which gives certain felons their voting rights back after they serve their sentence.

  • Krys Williams
    Krys Williams Month ago +2

    The murderous otters aren't just a Florida thing. They are carnivores and they are very territorial. The ones from Florida just have the extra incentive of wanting to keep you away from their meth.

  • Michael O
    Michael O Month ago

    "ya'll here go to church?"

  • Dizy Tizy
    Dizy Tizy Month ago

    Democrats won't recognise a vote unless they win. They will call the people and system evil. They will buy out the media, skew the issues. Kick people off social media. Claim that everything they do is for the good of humanity and do whatever to achieve their ends.

  • Khamsin Shamal
    Khamsin Shamal Month ago

    Governor Scott gives the impression of being an intolerant, undemocratic vengeful shit. But that is just an impression of course.

  • Martin Stent
    Martin Stent Month ago +2

    To show how far the USA and Europe have drifted apart in terms of basic human rights: All European Prisoners can (or at least should be able to) vote while still in prison. There was a case recently where the UK had to pay a fine and apply for special dispensation because British prisoners were not allowed to vote from prison. Basically because there is no postal vote in the UK and it was too difficult to set up voting booths in prisons. If you are running a democracy you want everyone in your society to vote regardless of who they are. Even catholic priests can vote!

  • quadx45
    quadx45 Month ago +1

    yes!! now they can vote to get their gun rights back! ALL THE GUN RIGHTS FOR EX FELONS

  • Conor Francis
    Conor Francis Month ago +2

    Did Florida ever pass that amendment?

    • LionHeartSamy
      LionHeartSamy Month ago +1

      I got curious as well and Googled that. It did pass
      > However, during the November 6, 2018 election, Floridians voted 65% in favor of Amendment 4 to allow people convicted of a felony -- except murder or sexual abuse -- to regain their voting rights after the completion of their sentences.
      en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felon_disenfranchisement_in_Florida

  • Maranda Gillespie
    Maranda Gillespie Month ago

    I bet he believes in the geutine

  • Barnaby Jones
    Barnaby Jones Month ago

    What a frustrating process.

  • What Ever
    What Ever Month ago

    It’s so sad that this only has 4.5 million views. Most other clips have at least double that.

  • Carlos Spiceywhiener

    I refuse to vote because votes dont elect anyone and I don't want jury duty

  • Christopher Zoellner

    At first i thought John Oliver was a journalist, then i found out he started as a comedian. Glad to see how people evolve in life, but some people should leave the past in the past - i mean, as for his slapstick humour, not for his irreverence.

  • Olivia Latour
    Olivia Latour 2 months ago

    video = about florida
    me = lives in florida
    video = is about me B3

  • Robert Swain
    Robert Swain 2 months ago

    Scott is no longer Governor. The two Governors before him granted clemency to over 200K individuals.

  • Raezores
    Raezores 2 months ago

    SHE lifes them.
    Everyone is Her the church.
    and shes sabotages.

  • Ho Homer
    Ho Homer 2 months ago

    Funny how USA is seen as the most 'free' country and one of the most democratic countries in the world when a lot of their citizens can't even vote and they generally only have 2 political parties, one of which has been so financially motivated (Republicans) it is not hard to find scandals involving them. Plus, Nixon then Trump, and all the controversy regarding electoral college. A 'democratic' process indeed.
    Now I'm wondering why some history books state USA as a leading example of democracy while criticising any other governmental systems. Ah... the books I have read are from Pearson. Now I know why.

  • Kap Papino
    Kap Papino 2 months ago +1

    drug felony conviction in its nature is violent. most shootings in Chicago are because of drugs, in drug ridden communities

  • Hitchcock00Starlet
    Hitchcock00Starlet 2 months ago

    Florida passed the amendment, but also voted in a bunch of shitty of Republicans who unsurprisingly put it behind a massive pay wall. Those of us who live down here and somehow manage to have a conscious know better than to waste any hope on the racist, morally corrupt people that run Florida politics. Assholes got old people to vote out Bill Nelson, an actual old person that has been to space, for Rick Scott, Weekly World News's Bat Boy who grew up, committed Medicare fraud, threw his accomplices under the bus and walked away with millions. Fuck these people, they don't deserve manatees anyway.

    • Cioda
      Cioda 2 months ago

      I was wondering if someone mentioned this. I was going to if i didnt see someone else.

  • Inalienable Rights
    Inalienable Rights 2 months ago +1

    Your rights are Inalienable and cannot be controlled by a government.

    • Cioda
      Cioda 2 months ago

      Republicans seems to think otherwise.

  • Moose Duty
    Moose Duty 2 months ago

    You also can't rent apartments or a house in Texas in a lot of cases for 7 years...so how do you rebuild your life without a place to live. And good luck finding a job as well...Bgood

  • nick ewoldsen
    nick ewoldsen 2 months ago +1

    Felons can run for president of the United States from jail, from bloody JAIL, but they can not vote even after they are out.

  • macrossMX
    macrossMX 2 months ago

    The Clemency Board in Florida acts like your typical show trial in Stalinist Russia.

  • J.A. Bristol
    J.A. Bristol 2 months ago

    Your elitism and ethical superiority complex do so ever irritate a lot of viewers. It brings us great pleasure to see your fascade of "we're the mainstream, anyone who doesn't agree with us is an outlier" come tumbling down during watershed events like the 2016 election. Your stranglehold on the American population is weakening as more and more people are waking up to the truth behind the lies and propaganda you've been excreting into the world of digital media. You can cite all the bullshit studies you want to try and convince people that Trump only won because of biased voting regulations, but it doesn't change the fact that you're desperately grasping at straws to retain control and influence over the American population which is steadly becoming dissolutioned with the filfth you've been contaminating their minds with ever since the initial conception of the sewer-based clown convention known as "Last Week Tonight" Why don't you come out and say it, the reason you're talking about this is because you know that if you succeed in significantly relaxing the voter laws as well as in your efforts to keep these border hoppers in the country than all these undocumented immigrants with phony IDs and convicted felons will provide a huge boost to the blue votes in 2020. You aren't being so ferocious on this issue because of ethics, you're doing it to gain power.

  • artroom151
    artroom151 2 months ago

    I was thinking she looked more like a Burkes Stevie Nicks.

  • noah
    noah 2 months ago

    Crimes shouldn't follow you around forever. They do this on purpose to make you a second class citizen for life even after doing you time and being an upstanding citizen.

  • Erick Hoch
    Erick Hoch 2 months ago

    Is everyone just gonna ignore the fact that apparently 10% of Florida's Adult population are convicted felons?

  • Hoinyack Yates
    Hoinyack Yates 3 months ago

    American legal system: We’ll show you a thing or two!

  • Willfuldevil
    Willfuldevil 3 months ago +3

    My punishment was 5 years of my life in prison for growing marijuana. MARIJUANA FOR FUCK SAKE. I payed my debt with the time I served. I'm square with the house. Give me my rights.

  • JMichael Ramirez
    JMichael Ramirez 3 months ago +1

    If you've done all your time and move out of Florida, can you vote in your new state?

  • Babak Hamedani
    Babak Hamedani 3 months ago

    This is embarrassing, I thought this is for 3rd world.

  • lordoftheflings
    lordoftheflings 3 months ago

    A big chunk of the American people are utter shit lords.

  • André Deketele 'AstuteComplexTheory'

    Florida apparenty has a inquisition styled 'clemency' board based on 'beliefs' but it doesn't have 'standards', well that's just plumbcrazy. Can I have my nuts now?