Snoop Dogg’s felony record was expunged & he’ll vote for the first time this year

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I remember, back in the 1990s, Snoop Dogg had some tangles with the law. But I guess I didn’t realize before now that he was a felon all this time? In 1990, he was convicted of cocaine possession and in 1993, he pleaded guilty to gun possession. In 1996, he was found not guilty of murder in a gang shooting. In 2007, Snoop pleaded guilty to other gun and drug charges (marijuana) and got community service and probation. Apparently, the cocaine and gun convictions were felonies and he couldn’t vote (because felons can’t vote) for years and years. But now his record has been expunged and he only realized it this year. So he’s going to vote for the first time ever:

Snoop Dogg will be heading to the polls for the first time ever this November. The rapper, 48, was interviewed on the Real 92.3 radio show, Big Boy’s Neighborhood, on Thursday, during which he revealed why he’s never chosen to vote and why he feels it’s especially important to make his voice heard in the 2020 election.

Snoop said he was under the impression that he wasn’t allowed to vote after being convicted of a felony in 1990 and 2007.

“For many years they had me brainwashed thinking that you couldn’t vote because you had a criminal record,” the star said. “I didn’t know that. My record’s been expunged so now I can vote.”

Asked about his thoughts on President Donald Trump, Snoop made it clear that he would not be voting for the Republican in November. “I ain’t never voted a day in my life, but this year I think I’m going to get out and vote because I can’t stand to see this punk in office one more year,” he said.

The musician also shared that if he was going to encourage others to go out and vote, he would need to do the same. “We got to make a difference, I can’t talk about it and not be about it,” he explained. “I can’t tell you to do it and then not go do it. If I tell you to do something, I done it already.”

In addition to voting, Snoop said he wants to “lead by example” during the coronavirus pandemic by reminding people to stay home. During his time in self-isolation, the rapper said he’s been “keeping [himself] busy and staying active.”

“I’ve been up and down. I’m a human, I have good days, bad days, but I’m more locked in so I like to pace so either walk around in circles, watch things on TV, play video games,” he shared.

[From People]

I’m glad he’s voting for the first time ever and I hope he remembers to register! I think under California law, he would be allowed to register to vote on the same day, but it still feels good to pull out your voter registration card. As for the quarantine thing… I’m glad he’s trying to lead by example there as well, but I find it strange that he hasn’t said one word (at least none that I can find) on social media about the protests? I’m not saying he *needs* to say something, I’m just expressing surprise that he hasn’t.

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  1. Nibbi says:

    … Perhaps rather loudly making a point about going out to vote is indeed saying something about the protests?

  2. Jensies says:

    His video where he sits in his car and listens to Let It Go, I have watched many times. It uplifts me.

    One note on labels…can I suggest we call Snoop someone with felony charges rather than labeling him “a felon”? I say this because that label really stigmatizes people and has a major effect on how others’ view them, especially minorities.

  3. Lotus says:

    In 2003 Snoop became an actual professional pimp after he became professionally and financially successful. He even referred to pimping as his “natural calling”.

    • Eva says:

      Yes I don’t understand why people keep giving him a pass!! The way he has treated and talked about women… absolutely VILE.

      • Otaku fairy says:

        You’re not wrong. It wasn’t that long ago that he said all that awful, dehumanizing crap about Gayle King. Still, this is good news.

    • truth fairy says:

      From 2013: “I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten bitches on it. I could fire a bitch, f[*]k a bitch, get a new ho: It was my program. City to city, titty to titty, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer.”

  4. sa says:

    I saw a headline recently about him voting for the first time, but I didn’t read the article so I didn’t realize it was because he couldn’t vote until now.

    Also, sorry to be picky, but voting rights are determined by the state, so a blanket statement that felons cannot vote is incorrect. There are 1 or 2 states (I don’t think more than that) in which felons can vote from prison. Other states restore voting rights after prison or after parole. Not that many states (but still too many) permanently take away voting rights.

    Voter registration cards are an actual thing? Is that for states that require id to vote? I never knew people got actual cards.

    • Juls says:

      In some states that restore voting rights to convicted felons after they have “served their time” or even having a record expunged, its not so simple as, okay, you can register to vote now. Some states require a person to run the gamut of having the probation/parole office sign paperwork, then have the courts sign paperwork, all fines and fees have to be paid, have the election office review and sign said paperwork, etc. Its a travesty and a suppression of voting. And many people don’t know they have to do all this legwork until it’s too late and deadlines have lapsed. As to voter ID cards, yes, my state has them. But, you don’t have to have them when you show up to vote, just a state issued ID. I take mine with me anyway, just in case.

    • BeanieBean says:

      Yep, you get a card that tells you your district, your party, who your representatives are, the address of your polling location. I’ve had one in quite a few states. They don’t all do this?

  5. emu says:

    YASSS! Awesome. I hope this inspires more ppl to look into this.

  6. Mollie says:

    He’s posted a good bit on Facebook about BLM.