Bolstering a proposal which was denounced by centrists and conservatives as going \u0022too far\u0022 in the fight for\u0026nbsp;voting rights when Sen. Bernie Sanders backed it during the Democratic presidential primary, the American\u0026nbsp;Bar Association won applause from rights advocates on Thursday regarding its support for full enfranchisement for current and\u0026nbsp;former\u0026nbsp;prison inmates.At its annual meeting earlier this month, the ABA adopted\u0026nbsp;a resolution stating the organization would urge all levels of government to \u0022repeal laws that disenfranchise persons based upon criminal conviction [and] restore voting rights to those currently and formerly incarcerated, including those on probation, parole, or any other community-based correctional program.\u0022\u0026nbsp;The national lawyers\u0026#039; association further said\u0026nbsp;(pdf) that \u0022no person convicted of crime\u0022 should be disenfranchised in the U.S. because of failure to pay fines, court fees, or other payments as a result of their conviction.ABA officially supports voting rights for incarcerated people\u0026nbsp;pic.twitter.com/4zklx97wGQ— Emily Reina Dindial\u0026nbsp;(@emilydindial) August 13, 2020Parisa Dehghani-Tafti, who was elected last year to be commonwealth\u0026#039;s attorney, the top prosecutor for Arlington and Falls Church, Virginia was among the reform-minded attorneys who applauded the resolution—and wondered why she was criticized during her campaign for expressing support for prisoner\u0026#039;s voting rights.\u0022Glad to see that \u0026#039;radical\u0026#039; organization, the ABA, joined the fight,\u0022 tweeted Dehghani-Tafti.\u0026nbsp;When I came out during my campaign in favor of\u0026nbsp;ncarcerated persons voting, some told me it was a bridge too far. But there’s no logic to flatly denying voting rights\u0026nbsp;when we don’t flatly deny other rights. Glad to see that “radical” organization (the ABA) joined the fight.\u0026nbsp;https://t.co/FQbKwCzLQe— Parisa Dehghani-Tafti\u0026nbsp;(@parisa4justice) August 13, 2020The proposal was introduced at the organization\u0026#039;s annual meeting, which was held between August 3 and 4.\u0026nbsp;\u0022This Resolution follows a long American Bar Association tradition affirming and supporting the expansion of Americans\u0026#039; right to vote,\u0022 the proposal presented at the conference reads. \u0022This Resolution supports that progression by urging removal of restrictions on voting by incarcerated citizens and citizens under an order of imprisonment. In other words, beyond the many state laws that currently regulate re-enfranchisement after incarceration, this resolution calls for a guarantee of the right to vote for prisoners while incarcerated.\u0022Wendy K. Mariner, chair of the ABA\u0026#039;s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, asked the ABA to consider that prisoner disenfranchisement laws \u0022have been used to circumvent the right of African Americans to vote\u0022 and has disproportionately impacted Black and Latino people; that because Americans do not have their citizenship revoked when convicted of a crime, nor should they lose the rights that come with citizenship; and that incarcerated people in Maine, Vermont, and Puerto Rico already retain their right to vote.Several countries including Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, and South Africa also allow people convicted of felonies to vote.\u0022The right to vote is fundamental to United States citizenship and traditional notions of human dignity,\u0022 wrote Mariner. \u0022Moreover, the right to vote recognizes and affirms each individual\u0026#039;s stake in our system of governance and encourages each one to participate productively in civic life.\u0022Disenfranchisement leaves inmates at the mercy of voters outside of prison, the proposal noted, as prisoners are unable to express their views about who should oversee the facilities in which they\u0026#039;re held.\u0026nbsp;\u0022The Mississippi Constitution provides that people convicted of 10 enumerated crimes permanently lose their right to vote,\u0022 wrote Mariner. \u0022The state\u0026#039;s Attorney General has expanded the list to include another 12 offenses, such as carjacking and timber larceny. The funding and\u0026nbsp;management of prisons are issues that directly affect incarcerated people and upon which they should have a vote.\u0022\u0022Kudos to the ABA,\u0022 tweeted Eli Savit, a progressive Democratic nominee for prosecutor of Washtenaw County, Michigan, after the resolution was adopted.\u0026nbsp;The ABA\u0026#039;s action came weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling, which permitted Florida to bar former inmates from voting if they owe court fees or fines.\u0026nbsp;The ruling sparked outrage among civil rights advocates last month and went against the will of Florida voters, 65% of whom approved Amendment 4 in November 2018. The amendment allowed former prisoners to vote if they had completed \u0022all terms of [their] sentence,\u0022 but after assuming office in 2019, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis and state GOP legislators retroactively changed the measure to include the payment of fees in addition to the completion of probation and prison time.In this time of\u0026nbsp;Amendment 4 and fines and fees being used to prevent voting, this ABA\u0026nbsp;Resolution seems a pretty pointed critique@FLRightsRestore\u0026nbsp;@desmondmeade @Volzie https://t.co/GZx9pW4kyo pic.twitter.com/vXih2mRFvP— Joshua B. Hoe\u0026nbsp;(@JoshuaBHoe) August 14, 2020\u0022This ABA resolution seems like a pretty pointed critique\u0022 of such disenfranchisement efforts, said Joshua B. Hoe, host of the podcast Decarceration Nation.