The Washington Post

The GOP’s wish list for D.C.

The issue has prompted disagreement between D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson and the D.C. Board of Elections, according to the Current. Mendelson believes that the council intended to mean that a convicted felon would be able to run for office again after paying off his or her debt to society, while the board thinks that the council legislation actually bans those felons from ever holding office again.

The ballot language printed by the board for the November 6 election outright says that those felons would be banned forever, saying that they would be “ineligible to remain in office and ineligible to ever hold the office again.” But in comments to the Current, Mendelson criticized this interpretation. “The summary statement speaks of a lifetime ban, but I think that the summary statement’s incorrect. ...We do have a belief in our society that a person who has done his time can then re-enter society and then be able to contribute as a productive member of society.”

[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at]

Martin Austermuhle blogs at DCist . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

Show Comments
Washington Post Subscriptions

Get 2 months of digital access to The Washington Post for just 99¢.

A limited time offer for Apple Pay users.

Buy with
Cancel anytime

$9.99/month after the two month trial period. Sales tax may apply.
By subscribing you agree to our Terms of Service, Digital Products Terms of Sale & Privacy Policy.

Get 2 months of digital access to The Washington Post for just 99¢.

Most Read
Read stories based on reporting for “Trump Revealed,” a broad, comprehensive biography of the life of the president-elect.


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Close video player
Now Playing