Within the U.S., states differ significantly on policies relating to the disenfranchisement of felons. While felons should receive punishment disrespecting the law, they are also citizens with certain rights, like everyone 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 allowed to vote once they have served their sentence
Once a sentence has been served, felons should not have to be continually punished. All of their rights should be reinstated.
No taxation without representation
Felons still have to pay taxes once they are gainfully employed, so they should be able to represent themselves through voting.Explore
Felons have paid their debt to society
By serving their sentence, felons have repaid their debt to society. Disenfranchisement means they are continually punished.Explore
Felons should never be allowed to vote
Felons have displayed a disrespect for society and should permanently lose their right to vote.
Voting is a privilege
Voting is a privilege that felons have disqualified themselves from.Explore
Felons have not proved that they should be allowed to vote
Simply serving a sentence does not prove that a felon deserves to be able to vote.Explore
Felons should not be able to have a say in society
Felons should not be able to dictate the future of a community they have harmed.Explore
Felons should be able to vote even while in prison
All citizens should have the right to vote, regardless of their circumstances.
Voting is a right
Citizens should have the right to vote, and those incarcerated should not be any different.Explore
The criminal justice system targets African-American men
Felons are disproportionately made up of African-American men, with roughly a third of African-American men having felony convictions. Not allowing felons to vote either during or after their sentence amounts to voter suppression of African-American men.Explore
Those who are incarcerated are still citizens
Although they are incarcerated, felons are still citizens of the United States. As citizens, they are entitled to voting rights. We should not take their rights away because of their incarceration.Explore
Felons who have not committed egregious crimes should be able to vote