A Felon: A person who has been convicted of a felony, which is a crime punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison. A felony is a serious crime usually punishable by whole-life imprisonment or capital punishment. In other words a felony is a big deal. Felons have been convicted of a crime including, or in the same category as murder, rape, arson, and burglary. It is because of this that many believe that felons do not deserve the right to vote. Those against felons voting believe that those convicted of crime have shown bad-judgment, which proves them unfit to make good decisions, especially choosing the nation's leaders.
However, there are also those that believe that felons have paid enough of a price by serving their assigned sentence. One of the major questions in this controversy is what exactly are the rights of ex-felons? Many of the supporters of a felon’s right to vote believe that it is unfair to seemingly punish them twice for the same act. “Felons who are out of prison have largely served the punishment prescribed by the judicial system. Shouldn't that be enough?” They believe that incarceration and losing their right to vote would be too many punishments for one crime.
Other arguments of the advocates to the voting rights of felons include the data from a study suggesting that former offenders who vote are less likely to return to jail. The claim that voting is a basic and unalienable right has no substance for an argument. The declaration of Independence states that unalienable rights include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Committing a serious crime usually depicts an image of bad judgment. By breaking the law and using bad judgment, they have also proven themselves unfit to participate in major decision making,
Other suggested solutions include the general banning of a felons right to vote once they are convicted, with the option to petition for reinstatement after a certain...
...ShouldFelons be Allowed to Vote?
About 5.26 million people with a felony conviction are not allowed to vote in elections. Each state has its own laws on disenfranchisement. Nine states in America permanently restrict felons from voting while Vermont and Maine allow felons to vote while in prison. Proponents of felon re-enfranchisement believefelons who have paid their debt to society by completing their sentences should have all of their rights and privileges restored. They argue that efforts to block ex-felons from voting are unfair, undemocratic, and politically or racially motivated. Opponents of felon voting say the restrictions are consistent with other voting limitations such as age, residency, mental capacity, and other felon restrictions such as no guns for violent offenders. They say that convicted felons have demonstrated poor judgment and should not be trusted with a vote. I believe convicted felonsshould be allowed to vote upon release from prison because they exercise good judgment; in addition, withholding their right to vote would be a violation of the US Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the eighth amendment.
...ShouldFelons Be Allowed To Vote?
The disenfranchisement of a person is a heavy topic that you only hear about every four years during the Presidential Election. Why though? The reason: everyone has an opinion on the issue, but only few are willing to say anything about it. Some are afraid of the racial issue our country sees, and some are afraid to sway against their preferred political party.
The Constitution of the United States of America, amendment 14, section 2, clearly states “…citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.” (US 1876) Of course, this has been ratified some and the age was changed from 21 years of age to 18 years of age in 1971 in the added 26th amendment (US 1971) and women were given the 14th amendment in 1971 as well in the 29th amendment. (US 1971) In 95 years, the Constitution was amended to include women and to change the minimum age of voting.
In estimate, 5.26 million people across the United States are disenfranchised (numbers established in 2004; ProCon.org) The U.S. PopClock projects that in the month of December 2011 there is approximately 312,764,889 people living in the United States. (Census.gov) According to...
...Convicted FelonsShould Not Be Allowed to Vote
This essay discusses my reflection on whether or not felonsshould have the right to vote. A felon is defined as a person who has been convicted of a felony, which is a crime punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison. A felony is a serious crime usually punishable by imprisonment or death. Convictedfelonsshould not be allowed to vote. Many Americans were not allowed to vote these past elections. It wasn’t because they didn’t pay taxes or were mentally incompetent or underage. The reason why they can’t vote is because they are convicted felons. Once someone has committed a serious crime or felony, they have shown that they are not trustworthy enough to vote. Because they disobeyed the law, they should not have the obligation to vote. If one is sent to prison, they have agreed that most of their rights have been taken. Prison is meant to be a punishment and one of their punishments is their loss of freedom and democratic rights for their time of their sentence. Convicted felons have also demonstrated poor judgment and should not be trusted with a vote. The main point of a prison sentence to show the...
...ShouldFelons Be Able to Vote?
“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… 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 (Chapman, Steve).” Many believe that felonsshould be able to vote due to the fact that they served their time in prison and already received their consequence. When felons already served their time, they are told they have their “freedom”. Yet, they do not have the same rights they did before they were arrested. Felons have paid enough of a price by serving their assigned sentence which shouldn’t lead into having the right to vote taken away from them.
On the other hand, others believe that felons do not deserve the right to vote. Such as, Ehrlinch, “I don’t think you reward the franchise to those who commit the most horrific crimes… (Ehrlinch, Robert).” He states that, voting is a reward and felons shouldn’t be rewarded because of their crimes. They also believe felons who convicted a crime have shown bad-judgment, which proves them unfit to make good decisions, especially choosing the nation's leaders. Although many believe that if felons...
...Political Science 1010
20 November 2013
Shouldfelons 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 voting rights. I have also taken into consideration many other peoples point of views from the internet and from this I have formed the opinion that felonsshould 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 felonsshould 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 felonsshould be allowed to vote is because voting...
...people however who are also suffering due to low incomes and other challenges that arise from living in a new country. Political leaders trying to get elected attempt to base their campaigns which are meant to help this target group. Unfortunately most of these people are not citizens and therefore they can't vote for them. This leads to the politicians who address the citizens of the nation to winning the election. As a result the non citizens don't get the help they need. Without help, these non citizens find it very difficult to reach their goals and settling down with comfort. The concept of having non citizens voting in municipal elections isn’t a foreign idea. However there is a lot of opposition which is very reasonable. Non citizens should not be granted the right to vote in municipal elections because it could decrease the number of non citizens seeking citizenship, makes the election more expensive than it already is and increases the administrative process to identify a way to select who can vote, and is unfair for current citizens of the nation who earned their citizenship and proved they want to be active citizens.
For a non citizen to become eligible to vote they must first become a citizen of the nation. The requirements vary by nation but usually there are two requirements that are standard. First they must live for a certain period of time in that country and write a test which...
...Felons Right to Vote
The lines are long, it’s raining, it’s hot, or it may be cold, but exercising your right to vote is as important as all of your other civil rights. As Americans we have came a very long way when it comes to protecting our civil rights, and choosing the right candidate to protect our country. In 1964, three civil right activist set out to set up a voter’s registry for African Americans, but it was short lived because they were brutally murder by members of the Klu Klux Klan in Philadelphia, Mississippi((IMBD). This helped pave the road for African Americans to get out and register to vote. Not long ago, only one-third of African Americans were registered to vote, and two third of the voters were white, because African Americans was terrified of voting, or they chose not to. While voting is a right that we all have, if you have committed a crime and it has been classified as a felon, in most states you are restricted from voting.Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965, there has been a significant increase of voters at the polls. It has increased significantly in the African America and Hispanic populations and due to this, President Obama, an African American, was voted into office in 2008, and is now serving his second term. There have been many protests regarding felons voting and their civil rights being violated. While three great men lost their...
In forty-eight states the felons are not aloud to vote, some even don’t allow people on parole to vote. The article was published in 2005, from the City Journal. This article then goes into saying that the democrats are taking a stand to allow ex-cons the right to vote. There are different views on this through out the whole United States but this author, Edward Feser, seems like he is taking the stand to allow them to vote by stating in the end that he would like to see the Democrats get better arguments to help them with trying to get the criminals the right to vote. The article goes on to say is that people might blame this on racism because for the shear fact that over half of the prisons in the US are mostly black. He goes on to say that these laws are actually racist from the origin in which they came to be, from the poll taxes and the literacy tests. But these policies can be traced all the way back from the old Greece and Roman times.
Feser seems to write for the whole US instead of just one specific state. He writes to a larger audience because it is not just one state that does not allow felons or ex-cons to vote it are forty-eight of them. So for Feser to write just to one state would not make much sense. Feser the states, “The claim that disenfranchising...