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Should felons be allowed to vote?

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 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

Those who are incarcerated are still citizens

People are incarcerated for a host of reasons. This does not diminish their status as citizens - they should retain their right to vote. 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
This page was last edited on Thursday, 23 Jan 2020 at 12:15 UTC