In April 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order which restored voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons living in the state. The order overturned the state’s practice of felony disenfranchisement, which excludes people from voting who have been convicted of a criminal defense. The 14th amendment of the United States prohibits citizens from voting who have participated in a “rebellion, or other crime” but allows states to determine which crimes qualify for voter disenfranchisement. In the U.S. approximately 5.8 million people are inelig…Read more
If someone is convicted of a “hate crime” for expressing an honest opinion (and it looks a though the country is heading in that direction), then that person should be allowed to vote to decriminalize hate crimes.
You understand that "honest opinions" can still be inciting hatred and/or violence, right?
Secondly, yea, all criminals should be allowed the same rights to vote as any other citizen.
While I understand your viewpoint, it's important to remember that voting is both a right and a privilege. It's a way to participate in our democratic process, and as such, it should be handled responsibly. Consider this, should someone convicted of election fraud, a crime that directly undermines the voting process, still have the right to participate in that process? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
I completely disagree with the notion that voting should be considered a "privilege" in any nation that is meant to be a democracy. Unless all members of a nation are guaranteed their share of an equal vote or decision-making say, then that system is fundamentally NOT democratic. Any system that denies the right to vote to it's own citizens is anti-democratic, not to mention the basic fact that any nation that can deny voting rights to prisoners will have a vested interest in imprisoning those that disagree with the desires of the ruling class.
Elections should be guaranteed to all, and be made more easily accessible and safe. We shouldn't deny the right to vote for any citizen for any reason, especially not as punishment.
Criminals who have done a terrible crime like murder, rape, or pedophilia, etc. They shouldn't be able to vote unless they have been positively cleared and okay to be let out and that they have been to someone like therapy to get help. And after all that maybe they can vote.
Criminals went to jail and did time because of their choice. Whatever they did it was bad enough to put them in jail. So why should criminals be able to vote if they have been in jail for who knows how long and they don't know what is going on and they choose a random person. That person gets one more vote even if that person is winning or losing or if they are good or bad.
In this country we value liberty, and that all people are created equal. These people, though in prison, are still citizens of the United States, and still must be afforded the civil liberty of being allowed to take part in their nation's politics, and have their say.
Yes, every citizen deserves the right to vote
Once a criminal, always a criminal. And people who are criminals shouldn't be allowed to have a say in who gets to run our country. Because they clearly don't have a very good sense of judgement or common sense.
Yes, but only after completing their sentences and parole/probation
i think rather they can vote or not is based on how harsh of a crime they do and even if a its a minor crime i think if they have multiple charges ban them from voting for a sum of time
i do not think they should have the right to vote no matter how harsh the crime is. if they broke laws made in american grounds, then they should not have the right to vote for someone who will be running our country, county, and state. it's not fair that criminals that don't care about laws should have the right to vote
Should the severity or type of crime dictate whether a person loses their right to vote permanently?
Yes, every citizen deserves the right to vote. Felons should be the first to vote as they have a right not to be subject to cruel and unusual punishment. This is also a way to show felons that society has not given up on them. We should try and rehabilitate felons rather than solely incarcerate and punish them.
When I think of felons I think of hard core sociopaths who would play the system if it meant they could go back and do terrible things again. I wouldn’t expect them to vote responsibly just as I wouldn't expect a person with alsheimers or dementia to vote responsiblly.. not all 'criminals' fall into this category and I agree that rehabilitation would be preferable to incarceration. but some may be so far gone from humanity that rehabilitation may not be viable. And
If trust can be rebuilt in personal relationships, should society consider allowing rehabilitated individuals the chance to vote again?
of course! having a history doesnt make them any less capable of having their own voting rights. they should know that they have a choice in what happens to them. people who are experiencing jail should have a say in what happens in it.
No. While certain felons deserve a chance to vote again, the complicated process of setting up a system by which they can apply to regain their voting rights is not worth the effort, funding, and potential for corruption that would necessarily be involved.
Do you feel our democracy is strengthened or weakened when certain groups are excluded from voting?
It’s complicated however after a criminal serves the time for their punishment and start paying taxes I think they should be given back their right to vote. As the saying goes “No taxation without representation”
Can someone truly reintegrate into society if they are continuously denied certain rights, like voting?
Yes, because there is nothing that a felon could vote on that would hurt the well-being of everyone else. Also, I think that the last thing felons think about while committing a crime is their distain from not being able to vote any more.
How would you feel if you were not allowed to vote because of a mistake you made in your past?
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