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Rap Star T.I. Allowed to Vote Despite Federal Machine-Gun Guilty Plea

tirespectmyvotesmall.jpgMTV News has posted an outrageous story: the rapper T.I. (Real name: Clifford Harris) was arrested in October 2007, mere hours before he was to headline the BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta. The rapper was charged with possession of unregistered machine guns and silencers and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. He pleaded guilty to the charges in May as part of a plea deal. But despite a guilty plea and jail time to come, the rapper was allowed to vote in Georgia in the 2008 election. MTV asked:

How was T.I. able to vote? Well, the Georgia Secretary of State's office, in consultation with their own lawyers, "reviewed the law and found that Mr. Harris is eligible to in Georgia because the state constitution says that to be able to vote, you have to have served your entire sentence, which includes all probation and fines and any other stipulations," said Matt Carrothers, the Secretary of State's director of media relations.

Because T.I. is not slated to go to prison until next year on felony gun charges and is not currently incarcerated - though he is under house arrest - and is not on probation, all he had to do was contact the county he votes in and get re-registered in order to cast a ballot.

"Feels like I've taken advantage of my right to become a part of the democracy," T.I. said in the release. "It was definitely worth standing in line and doing all the things people complain about voting. I think it's more than worth it."

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Comments (1)

 

Posted by rosie | November 5, 2008 11:10 PM

I am glad they allowed T.I to vote because every vote counts and the more votes Obama got the better, so Kudos to the state of GA for allowing him to be part of such a historic election.



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