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 ineligible to vote due to voter disenfranchisement and only two states, Maine and Vermont, have no restrictions on allowing felons to vote. Opponents of felon voting rights argue that a citizen forfeits their rights to vote when they are convicted of a felony. Proponents argue that the arcane law disenfranchises millions of Americans from participating in democracy and has an adverse affect on poor communities.
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
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.
Yes because they are still people, my Dad was in prison for getting two people killed in a car accident after drinking. He amazingly survived and was sent to prison for 7 years because he did community service. He had an accident because he was young and dumb and managed to accidentally take the lives of 2 people. That doesn't make him a monster, why would you take someones natural right to vote away over an accident. Drunken driving is no joke but it's not like he would have done it with his own bare hands. Now other crimes have similar to results to this, most that were too extreme wouldn't matter because of the life sentences that were given to the murderers and such. It's very controversial and i'm not even truly sure but I do know that not all convicts are bad.
No way! Why would a person who broke the law of our land get to decide who will govern our nation? Hate governs them, and they should not be allowed to have the same rights as the American citizen.
I disagree, as they are still individuals like ourselves regardless of their criminal history. They still deserve a right to have a say in the matters of whom they believe is a good pick for our country. Hate is not a supreme force that exists inside a person. Instead, what we call hate is a culmination of a person's raising in regards to their environment with how the world they have and still are growing in has caused them to become disoriented to a point of supposed criminal activity, no matter how much it seems like they fully are conscious in their actions.
Yes, unless the criminal is convicted of a crime against a minor (e.g. sexual abuse, rape, molestation, kidnapping, selling drugs, etc.) and provided the crime occurred ten years ago or more and all other voting criteria (straight married couple with children) are met.
yes, except for felons convicted of murder or violent crimes, and only after completing their sentences and parole/ probation
Yes, because not everyone is defined by a mistake they did. A lot of people always end up back because that's all they know to take care of them self medical, food, and a bed. Now, if for a really bad crime then No you should not vote.
It honestly depends on what kind of crime they have been convicted for. Since the term "convicted criminals" could pertain to so many different scenarios. If someone was convicted of criminal speeding, they should still be allowed to vote. However, if someone else was convicted for something extreme like terrorism, or murder they should not be able to have an influence on the country.
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