“Felons Rights of the Voting Process “
Nearly six million American citizens are unable to vote due to a past criminal conviction . More than 2 percent of the adult populationis banned from voting because of a felony conviction .(nytimes.com) Convicted felons should be able to vote after they have served their time in jail because they have paid their debt to society, and everyone makes mistakes which makes no one perfect . There is a lot downhill that is going on and a violation of human rights is occurring in the United States today towards felons, and has been for many years despite no constitutional precedent for it (ProCon .org). The number of Americans who cannot vote because they have been convicted of a felon rapidly increases as the years pass on. One fourth of the people still reside in prison but the other three-forth = have completed their sentence or are on probation or parole. The reason why the United States would not like them to vote is continue punishing them. Former offenders who are allowed to vote are less likely to return to prison and more likely to become reintegrated into their communities because of the simple fact they know their rights are very limited. The number of blacks among the disenfranchised remains a huge racial justice problem.(The New York Times)
"We let ex-convicts marry, reproduce, buy beer, own property and drive. They don't lose their freedom of religion, their right against self-incrimination or their right not to have soldiers quartered in their homes in time of war. But in many places, the assumption is that they can't be trusted to help choose our leaders. If we thought criminals could never be reformed, we wouldn't let them out of prison in the first place." (ProCon.org) Also, lots of arguments can be made that limiting the right to vote harms the societyas a whole . For example, telling individuals who live on the margins of society that they are not real citizens digs underneath their...
...change can also be caused by pieces of paper. The VotingRights Act of 1965 was a law passed that primarily gave African Americans the right to vote without having to take any sort of literacy tests. African Americans were widely ignored in votingrights because they were forced to take literacy tests to be eligible to vote. Having this event in our nation’s civil rights movement was a landmark that allowed the other half of our nation’s voice to be heard. “The VotingRights Act itself has been called the single most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever passed by Congress.”(Laney 65)
Before this act was passed there was a large history of voting and racial related discrimination. Before the Civil War the United States Constitution did not provide specific protections for voting. Qualifications for voting were matters which neither the Constitution nor federal laws governed. At that time, although a few northern states permitted a small number of free black men to register and vote, slavery and restrictive state laws and practices led the franchise.
The Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, granted citizenship to all people “born or naturalized in the United States,” and includes the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses. This amendment failed to explicitly prohibit vote...
...Political Science 1010
20 November 2013
Should felons be allowed to vote?
As a college student who does not have a felony on their record and is not familiar with the extremities of the justice system and voting laws I have taken is upon myself to do some reasearch on the positive and negatives of having votingrights. I have also taken into consideration many other peoples point of views from the internet and from this I have formed the opinion that felons should in fact have the right to vote. This might not be the most popular, right, or wrong thing to do but it is how I feel and I have brainstormed three very logical points on why felons should regain their right to vote after their release from prison. These three well thought out reasons are; if voting directly effects felons why should they be denied the right to effect voting results?, they pay into taxes just like everyone else so they should be able to decide how their taxes are being used, and because America is a democracy which means having the representation of everyone. While reading my paper, keeping an open mind will help in forming a just and effective opinion.
The first logical reasons explaining why felons should be allowed to vote is because voting results can directly effect them...
...How effective was the early civil rights movement in advancing black civil rights in the period 1880-1990?
Before, 1880 the black slave was part of the American culture. It continued to be part and parcel of life beyond the 19th century and into the 20th. However, the need for change became more apparent and the rise of black Civil Rights grew. Progress, at times rapidly advanced but was mainly slow and many suffered great hardships for the cause, such as Martin Luther King. He is quoted as saying “A man who won't die for something is not fit to live”; highlighting the willingness to the movement.
The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments are often grouped together, known as the “reconstruction amendments”. The intention was to end slavery and give former slaves some Civil Rights. However, due to the creation of “grandfather clauses”, “literacy tests”, and heavy opposition, particularly in the South, slowed the progress and advancement of Civil Rights.
After the 13th amendment was passed by the Senate in 1865, slavery was abolished and the advancement of Black Civil Rights began. However, in the South “black codes” were quickly established to keep Black Americans inferior. The attitudes of the South were strong throughout the period of 1880-1990, but as the Civil Rights movement advanced particularly form 1945, they were forced to stop and listen. The war, presidencies and...
...The Civil Rights Movement
The civil rights movement was a period of time when blacks attempted to gain
their constitutional rights of which they were being deprived. The movement has
occurred from the 1950's to the present, with programs like Affirmative Action.
Many were upset with the way the civil rights movement was being carried out in
the 1960's. As a result, someone assassinated the leader of the movement, Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Many blacks were infuriated at this death so there were
serious riots in almost 100 cities. President Johnson then appointed a committee
called The Kerner Commission to study the civil rights movement. They concluded
the following: "We are moving toward two societies-one white and one black,
separate and unequal." There is some truth to the Kerner Commission report, but
on the whole the civil rights movement has been a success because blacks are
better off now than they were before it began.
The Kerner Commission report has some truth when it comes to blacks and politics,
but overall the movement was a success because blacks have achieved more
politically than before they began. Before the movement, blacks had almost no
political power due to laws designed to prevent blacks from voting, like poll
taxes, literacy tests and the Grandfather Clause. Also when some blacks went to
vote, people simply wouldn't let them register. Due to lack of...
Why votingright should be reformed
College students are among the largest group of people that would be affected most by the new votingrights laws. Most college students enter college at age seventeen so once it’s time to go to the polls they would just be turning eighteen which is the age you are allowed to vote. That seem as if it wouldn’t be a problem but a lot of college students go out of state for college so the newvotingright act would make it difficult for them to register to vote and also obtain the proper identification cards they will need. Congress against these laws argue that they affect elderly, minority and low-income groups that tend to vote Democratic. Obtaining photo ID can be costly and burdensome, with state ID requiring documents like a birth certificate that can cost up to $25 in some places, that would discourage them from wanting to vote and because they would feel like they have to do a lot just to get identification. The same goes for older people because they may not have the proper documents that’s necessary to get the identification cards and it would be more difficult for them to get around. Some may argue that the new voter identification law protects election form voter frauds but its post a similarities to voting barriers against black, poor, and minority people.
The law also cuts early voting by a week and eliminates...
...Civil Rights movement Time Capsule
The 1960’s was a cultural decade that consisted of the civil rights movement, culture of music, first steps on the moon, and unspeakable assassinations of great leaders. As we can see from the items in this time capsule, the 1960’s was an important decade in our history; significant changes were made during that time frame that shaped our American culture that we see to this day. The Civil Rights movement alone has carried on past the 1960’s and changes are being made to this day to ensure equality among everyone.
A picture of John F. Kennedy and the date of his assassination, November 22, 1963 written under it, are among the other items in the time capsule. Prior to the death of JFK, he had great plans for equal rights, “He wished America to resume its old mission as the first nation dedicated to the revolution of human rights” (Freidel & sidey, 2006). “In a nationally televised address on June 6, 1963, President John F. Kennedy urged the nation to take action toward guaranteeing equal treatment of every American regardless of race. Soon after, Kennedy proposed that Congress consider civil rights legislation that would address votingrights, public accommodations, school desegregation, nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs, and more” (" civil rights act (1964)). The assassination of JFK was...
...in the southern states and could have been seen as the ideal speaker. He often broke the unjust laws of the de jure discrimination of the south. He provided the open minded with opportunities and hope. He did this by showing America not to judge people by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character. His speeches and acts in public were responsible for swinging public support behind the civil rights legislation of the mid 1960’s. King advocated peaceful protest throughout his life and in doing this he grasped a lot of media attention and public support. One his first peaceful protest he was involved in was the Montgomery Bus Boycott in when his leaderships and presidential skills came out. It demonstrated Martin Luther King’s leadership qualities and brought him to national attention, marking his emergence as a leading light within the civil rights movement. His contribution reinforced his philosophy of a non-violent approach to the achievement of change. This shows how his involvement and leadership helped and was responsible for gain in the civil right movement because of his success leadership and orator skills and his strong beliefs influenced and helped in his success.
Another peaceful protest that king was involved in/lead was the Birmingham Protest and the Washington march in 1963. Following the Albany movement of 1961-62 he knew he had to change tactics and carefully plan his next protest carefully....
...How accurate is the view that the civil rights movement was very successful in the period 1957-1965?
The period of 1957 – 1965 was both a lively, and a stagnant time for the civil rights movement, with many protests coming to action like the Greensboro Sit Ins, which made large progress to desegregation and equality for black people. Success from these protests, however, came later in this period as momentum in the civil rights groups was being built. Yet, this time for the civil rights movement was not all a success, with operations such as the Albany campaign causing more failure than success due to the strategic planning from strong southern racists.
The Freedom Rides of the early 1960’s, and particularly the Freedom Rides of 1961, became a success for the Civil Rights movement in the period of 1957 – 1965. CORE undertook a new tactic aimed at desegregation public transport throughout the south, which acquired the name of the Freedom Rides. It started on May 4th, 1961 when seven black people, and seven white people, left Washington DC on two public buses to the Deep South. They wanted to test Boynton V Virginia which declared that segregation in interstate bus and rail stations was ‘unconstitutional’. At first, there were only minor encounters with racists, but the further south they went, the worse it became. In the second week, the riders were severely beaten, and in Alabama, one of the buses was...