Upon today’s conviction by a jury of his peers, legendary Senator Ted “Internets” Stevens probably worsened his chances of being re-elected to the U.S. Senate. He certainly can keep his campaign going to Voting day next week, since neither the Constitution nor Senate rules prevent a convicted felon from serving in the Senate. There is one thing that Stevens can’t do, however.
He can’t vote for himself. He can’t vote, period. Maybe.
The State of Alaska prohibits convicted felons from registering to vote until after they have served their sentence, including probation. At this moment he is a convicted felon. Since Stevens is already registered, though, does this mean he can still vote? I can’t find any Alaska precedent to answer this, but my guess is that if he were an ordinary citizen he would be stripped of his right to vote the moment the jury passed judgment. Some astute reporter ought to get us an answer to this one before next Tuesday.