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Should felons be allowed to vote? Show more Show less

States within the U.S. differ significantly on policies relating to the disenfranchisement of felons. While on the one hand felons should be punished for disrespect of the law, they are also citizens with the right to be represented like anyone else. So, should felons never be able to vote again? Should they be granted the right to vote once they have completed their sentence? Or should they never lose the right to vote, even whilst serving their sentence?

Felons should be able to vote even while in prison Show more Show less

All citizens should have the right to vote, regardless of their circumstances.
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Voting is a right

Citizens should have the right to vote, and those incarcerated should not be any different.

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Context

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The Argument

The right to vote is part of the fundamental backbone of a democracy. Without this right, we are nothing. The state should not be able to take this right away because of someone's actions, especially when over 50% of felonies are non-violent.[1]

Counter arguments

Voting is not a right that is afforded to everyone. It is not ratified in the Constitution,[2] and some people are unable to vote such as those under 18 or those who are not citizens. While voting may be an important part of democracy, this is not the same is being something that should inherently be afforded to everyone.

Framing

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Premises

[P1] Voting is a fundamental right. [P2] Those imprisoned should not be deprived of this right.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Voting is not an inherent right.

Proponents

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References

  1. https://felonvoting.procon.org/sourcefiles/USBJS%20-Prisoners%20in%202013.pdf
  2. https://democracyjournal.org/magazine/28/the-missing-right-a-constitutional-right-to-vote/

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