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.
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.
personally everyone has a right to vote but i feel that after seeing a change in a person they should the be able to vote cause it doesn’t matter the amount of smiles u put on faces or the amount of things u do to make up for it but until a social change through therapy or change to character (in general) occurs then they should have the ability to vote
For me it depends upon the crime. If it’s something heinous and the person is obviously not right mentally, then i don’t think they should have the right to vote after what they did. But for a crime like murder where someone could be wrongfully convicted, then who knows.
I've never thought about criminals voting, but now that I think about it, yes. Just have a ballot in their facility for prisoners to vote if they so choose. If they are not versed in current politics due to their sentences, they should still be allowed to vote, as many non-imprisoned citizens vote without thoroughly looking into politics. & there shouldn't be restrictions based on the crimes they committed. If the argument is that "a prisoner is a citizen," then a convicted murderer is still a citizen.
Yes, first, every citizen does have the right to vote and criminals or convicted criminals already have to deal with not being able to get a job taken away from them so taking more doesn't make right. Anyone can change .
This should depend on the severity of the crime. If they have served their time and didnt ya know, commit genocide, then yes. If they stole a stupid 100 dollar shoe and did their jail time, yes. If they murdered 12 people. No.
Yes, but only after completing their sentence, parole/probation, and remaining free of any additional convictions (eligible of jail time, whether or not they are sentenced to jail time) for 5 years. The election after the 5 year mark that person is eligible to vote. What crimes count should be determined federally for elections that govern the nation (President/US Congress) and by each individual state for elections that only impact the state.
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