Should felons be able to vote while in prison?

In recent weeks, Bernie Sanders, one of the Democratic candidates for president, has argued that felons serving their prison sentence should be allowed to vote. While some states have passed laws that allow former felons who have finished their sentence to vote, Sanders stated that our system needs to go further in allowing more people to vote.

Those who favor allowing felons to vote while in prison contend that the right to vote is an inalienable right like life and liberty. This side argues that while criminals ought to pay their debt to society by serving time in prison, they should not lose a basic feature of citizenship while doing so. Sanders and his supporters argue that our society can only be considered a true democracy once everyone below the age of 18, without exception, can cast their vote.

Those who oppose allowing felons to vote while in prison argue that this measure would allow dangerous people to have a say in our government. They argue that losing the ability to vote is part of the punishment that felons must face, as it prevents people who disregarded the law from electing lawmakers.

What do you think? Should felons be able to vote while in prison?

Current Standings:
Yes: 42%
No: 58%
  • Sandy from Oregon

    They know what is happening because of the newspapers, magazines, televisions etc…It’s a free country and they have a right to vote. They are still people and should have a say in what should happen in the country.

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    They know what is happening because of the newspapers, magazines, televisions etc…It’s a free country and they have a right to vote. They are still …

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  • Spencer from Missouri

    They’re still people and it’s not like they don’t have any idea of what’s going on, there are televisions in prison, they are still informed of what’s happening in the world, even though they’re not in the open world, they’re in America, it’s a free country, they should at least have the right to vote in prison.

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    They’re still people and it’s not like they don’t have any idea of what’s going on, there are televisions in prison, they are still informed of what’s…

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  • Eli from Missouri

    Felons in prison should be able to vote for many reasons. One reason that they should be able to vote is, they are still American citizens and one of our rights and duties is to vote for who we want in office. Another reason why they should be able to vote is, they might not be in jail for long, there might be someone who will get out of jail during the middle of a president’s term and they should be able to vote for who they want in office once they get out. A final reason is they could be shaping up, although they may have broken the law in the past, it doesn’t make that person inherently a law breaker, they can shape up and be law-abiding citizens.

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    Felons in prison should be able to vote for many reasons. One reason that they should be able to vote is, they are still American citizens and one of …

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  • Ella from Colorado

    Felon’s are still people. Its your right to be able to vote and to have a say in who should run our country. Felons are also a great amount of our population so it could even help in the future with our presidency.

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    Felon’s are still people. Its your right to be able to vote and to have a say in who should run our country. Felons are also a great amount of our pop…

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    • Rosa from Oregon

      I think they should be able to vote because they have a choice and they can say who runs our country. They are still people after all.

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    • April from California

      i agree that it can help with presidency situations but what exactly would they be voting for? they are in in jail which even if they were to vote they wouldn’t be able to live it because they are in jail.

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      i agree that it can help with presidency situations but what exactly would they be voting for? they are in in jail which even if they were to vote the…

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    • iCarly from Florida

      did you forget that their CRIMINALS?

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    • Jenna from Colorado

      Although I understand that they are still people, I disagree because they have broken their freedoms and privileges given to them by The United States that everyone else has to follow. Also I understand that the community is a big population, but think about it, if those people are just sitting in prison and not getting all of the details and information about the candidates and events going on that are posted through the internet, news, and more, than they won’t be educated voters which is not good.

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      Although I understand that they are still people, I disagree because they have broken their freedoms and privileges given to them by The United States…

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    • Jade from Colorado

      No, I don’t agree with that because youre in jail for a reason. You broke the law and should forfeit your rights in voting. There’s many people each day gaining their right to vote so they’ll never run out of people who will vote for the next future president.

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      No, I don’t agree with that because youre in jail for a reason. You broke the law and should forfeit your rights in voting. There’s many people each d…

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    • Bryn from Colorado

      I don’t think that felons should have the right to vote because if they committed a crime we shouldn’t trust their opinions of what they have to say.

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  • Brady from Illinois

    Felons should have the right to vote. If someone has committed a felony, they have committed a pretty serious crime. This fact would prompt my judgement to say that anyone who has committed a serious crime should not be allowed to vote because they are breaking the laws of the country, and they should not be allowed to have a say in the future path of the country. However, after pondering the question, I realized that convictions for felonies are in the hands of juries. In the history of the United States, juries have not always been impartial like they are supposed too. For example, in the case of the trial for the murder of Emmett Till, there was unequivocal evidence that the two white men, JW Milam and Roy Bryant had beaten and killed Emmett Till over a simple remark in a store. There was testimony and evidence that obviously pointed to the fact that the man was guilty. After an hour and seven minutes of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict of not guilty. The jury was rumored to have been out buying sodas during their deliberation. It was a completely biased decision that was not impartial. In addition to this example, there have been many examples of wrongful convictions where the jury convicted an innocent person. These people could be innocent and to bar them from voting even though they are innocent would not be right. Another reason why felons should be permitted to vote is because we have no idea about the future of the country. In fifty years, the country could be under a government where political enemies are convicted on false charges. The leaders of today CANNOT guarantee a tomorrow of impartial juries or juries that will make the right decision. While felons have been convicted for committing a crime, they deserve to vote. If juries were guaranteed to make the right moral verdict, I would be on the other side of the argument. However, as long as juries are not guaranteed to make the right decision, felons should have the right to vote.

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    Felons should have the right to vote. If someone has committed a felony, they have committed a pretty serious crime. This fact would prompt my judgeme…

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  • Mason from Missouri

    It really depends on the crime and circumstances. For example, if somebody robs a gas station and tries not to get arrested to feed their kids, they should still be allowed to be part of a big decision for the country like this. But I understand how giving a murderer a vote is bad.

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    It really depends on the crime and circumstances. For example, if somebody robs a gas station and tries not to get arrested to feed their kids, they s…

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  • Evan from Missouri

    It’s a right to vote. Now if you’re in jail for a murder that’s another thing, but we have a right to vote.

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  • Delsin from Oregon

    I believe that felons should be able to vote on some things that are going on. I think that they should be able to vote on some stuff because that can be some of there only feeling of freedom. For them to be able to just be able to be a little part of what is going on in the world that can mean everything. I know that they are in jail for breaking laws but they should still be able to have a say in what goes on in the world because they still are people and living in this country.

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    I believe that felons should be able to vote on some things that are going on. I think that they should be able to vote on some stuff because that can…

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  • cornell from California

    i feel like they should vote because they still are U.S citizens and ts their right and i know that once they go to jail they loose rights but some r in there for petty crimes and when they are in there they dont do anything but read and learn so they probably know more

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    i feel like they should vote because they still are U.S citizens and ts their right and i know that once they go to jail they loose rights but some r …

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  • Julion from California

    Yes, I believe that every single legal citizen inmates should have the right to vote when it come to a certain point of an election. there doesn’t really make a difference because hey usually say that every single vote counts because they don’t really focus on the percentage of popular votes, but more on electoral votes in order to win any political party in a state which goes back to my opinion on how prisoners don’t really cause a harm in voting

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    Yes, I believe that every single legal citizen inmates should have the right to vote when it come to a certain point of an election. there doesn’t rea…

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  • Jayden from Michigan

    I think they should be able to vote because they are still apart of our society and they have the right of being able to vote

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    • Karina from California

      How can they be allowed to vote for lawmakers or anything at all when they don’t even respect it? They’re a menace to society and are simply holding us back from progressing as a whole.

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      How can they be allowed to vote for lawmakers or anything at all when they don’t even respect it? They’re a menace to society and are simply holding u…

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  • Savannah from Florida

    Felons should be able to vote because they have already served their time and I think they should have a say in things we vote for.

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    • Jamie from Delaware

      You are referring to ex-felons and I agree that they should vote. However, felons still serving time shouldn’t because they lost that right when they were put in prison which is what the topic is about, felons, not ex-felons. Felons got put into jail for a reason and their opinion could potentially harm society as a whole.

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      You are referring to ex-felons and I agree that they should vote. However, felons still serving time shouldn’t because they lost that right when they …

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  • Kaylie from Florida

    All citizens should be able to vote over whop heads their government in the future years. The judgment of elected officials affect their lives too.

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  • Naomi from Virginia

    I believe that felons should have the right to vote while in prison because despite there status as felons they are still American citizens. Just like other American citizens that have the fundamental right to vote, felons that are physically able to work are also required to pay income taxes. Although based on the magnitude of the crime there are different sentences under various circumstances such as solitary confinement or other conditions specific to the sentence, the general rule is that felons have to pay taxes, but this raises the question of “Taxation without Representation”. If the felons are paying taxes, then their right to vote should not be revoked and they should be represented in our democracy. In the case of Trop v Dulles, the Supreme Court ruled that by the 8th amendment which states that “Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”, that citizenship is not something that can be taken away for misbehavior. Therefore, as a citizen, you are given these fundamental rights such as the rights to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. This comes from the Declaration of Independence which outlines some of the unalienable rights the United States Government vowed to protect. Along with these three unalienable rights, American citizens of all ages, sex, and race also have the right to vote.

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    I believe that felons should have the right to vote while in prison because despite there status as felons they are still American citizens. Just like…

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  • Karen from Texas

    Although they are felons, they are still citizens in our country. It doesn’t get more simple than that. Every human regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else for that matter has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Every human deserves to make decisions. It’s up to them to decide what is wrong and right not up to someone else to decide for them unless they are declared mentally insane than the situation changes.

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    Although they are felons, they are still citizens in our country. It doesn’t get more simple than that. Every human regardless of race, gender, sexu…

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  • Iram from Texas

    Felons, like any other human being have the right to vote. Yes, they are incarcerated but their opinion can be use to help their families future. Everyone has a voice no matter what follows you or what identifies you. They are going to be in prison for a while so no matter what their vote won’t help them but it might help their families out there

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    Felons, like any other human being have the right to vote. Yes, they are incarcerated but their opinion can be use to help their families future. Ever…

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  • Alexis from Texas

    Well, yes they are criminals but not only that, they are people as well and do have the right to vote. A vote is a chance of say a new president or mayor of their country, why should they not be able to vote, they live on the same soil as an regular person does. There is no difference other than the fences that the prisoners are surrounded.

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    Well, yes they are criminals but not only that, they are people as well and do have the right to vote. A vote is a chance of say a new president or ma…

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  • Kaundinya from Florida

    Felons should be able to vote. Approximately 1.5 million individuals convicted with a felony charge live in Florida. Based on these statistics, if these felons were allowed to vote, they could completely sway the elections in Florida. And, if they have already served their time and have done a certain amount of community service, they should be allowed to vote because they have proven that they can now be a productive member of society and contribute to the community. Also, the 15th amendment states that every person can vote and cannot be denied by their previous condition of servitude. This could be interpreted as the felons are the serving because they are serving their time and they cannot be denied to vote based on that when their time is done.

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    Felons should be able to vote. Approximately 1.5 million individuals convicted with a felony charge live in Florida. Based on these statistics, if the…

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  • Christina from Louisiana

    Regardless of felons’ past misdeeds, they remain a citizen of the United States. As such, they should be given basic rights, including the right to vote, like all other citizens. Felons already face numerous consequences in prison that affect them on an educational, personal, social, and vocational level. Although they committed a serious crime, they are still human, a citizen, and deserve to have their voices be heard. Felons make up a considerable portion of the U.S.A. population. They live in a structured environment, but laws affect them presently and will affect them in the future when/if they are not released. The disenfranchisement of felons lumps all felons into one group without giving consideration to the type and severity of the crime committed, the length of time served, and other case factors such as temperament, history of behavior, and what they have done while incarcerated.

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    Regardless of felons’ past misdeeds, they remain a citizen of the United States. As such, they should be given basic rights, including the right to vo…

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  • Cesar from Pennsylvania

    Felons, like any other demographic, still represent a part of our society. They are a significant population that faces its own problems and issues that a politician ought to address. The power of the ballot has created change for groups, such as in the Civil Rights age up to today, and allowing felons to give their perspective in elections and the ballot may actually get some legislative attention to solve those problems that cause crime. In effect, the potential in a felon vote could help create conditions in their society that steer people away from crime and becoming felons themselves.

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    Felons, like any other demographic, still represent a part of our society. They are a significant population that faces its own problems and issues th…

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  • isaac from North Dakota

    i wasn’t to sure i just choose yes because this can go both ways really. i think yes because even tho they are in prison doesn’t mean they aren’t human ya they might have messed up bad but they still should be able to vote but also it depends on the crime they did, in my opinion if you murder someone you should lose all your rights but if u went to prison for like stealing something or something that doesn’t involve murder u should be able to vote and for my answer for no, would be be just murder if you do that just say bye to all your rights.

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    i wasn’t to sure i just choose yes because this can go both ways really. i think yes because even tho they are in prison doesn’t mean they aren’t huma…

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  • Jacob from Alabama

    We are always trying to get people to vote to get what our country truly desires. If we just take away felon votes, we aren’t truly getting what we strive for. Just because they committed a horrible crime, they are still a human and part of our country. I believe that all people deserve the same right to vote no matter what they’ve done, look like, or act like. We can’t treat them like a minority.

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    We are always trying to get people to vote to get what our country truly desires. If we just take away felon votes, we aren’t truly getting what we s…

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  • Jacob from Louisiana

    I believe that felons makes mistakes which mean they are still human. We fought so hard to have equal right for everyone. Just because they did a crime doesn’t mean they’re any less of human then a person who did no crimes.

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    I believe that felons makes mistakes which mean they are still human. We fought so hard to have equal right for everyone. Just because they did a crim…

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  • Jordyn from California

    I believe that, although they have committed a crime(s), felons should be able to vote. Many people in the United States believe that their opinion doesn’t matter; it won’t make a difference if they vote or not. By taking away a felons right to vote, you are undermining their humanity. Yes, they may have broken the law, but allowing them the ability to vote will allow them the opportunity to keep up with and learn about politics in prison. You would be taking away not only their humanity, but and educational opportunity from them. You don’t know each criminals narrative, their history- they could have undergone abuse or worse prior to committing their crimes. Not all, but the majority of them regret their decision to commit their crime- they can’t see their family, they can’t work, they already live a low quality lifestyle, so the least we can do is make them feel somewhat human again.

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    I believe that, although they have committed a crime(s), felons should be able to vote. Many people in the United States believe that their opinion do…

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  • Sebastian from Colorado

    Equal rights

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  • Jerry from Indiana

    As long as the inmates are American citizens they should be able to vote. The inmates are already stripped of many of their rights while being in prison, such as the right protecting them from unreasonable search and seizure. Since they are still American citizens they should still have the right to vote in presidential elections. Debates and speeches should also be able to be viewed by the prisoners who want to be informed when making their vote. Restricting the felons from their right to vote shouldn’t be allowed, especially those who haven’t committed heinous offenses.

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    As long as the inmates are American citizens they should be able to vote. The inmates are already stripped of many of their rights while being in pris…

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  • Sean from Louisiana

    Yes, I think that people can vote in jail because you are still a citizen in the United States of America but they can bring the voting machine to the jail so they don’t have to go outside of the jail

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    Yes, I think that people can vote in jail because you are still a citizen in the United States of America but they can bring the voting machine to …

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  • Ryan from Louisiana

    I think that even felons that have committed horrible crimes should still be able to vote while in prison. I believe this because the right to vote is an unalienable right, and stands for all Americans, even those who have been punished by jail time. I also think this because if I were in jail, I would feel the exact same way as people who are convicted right now. I would always want to express my thoughts for the nation, even if I was punished.

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    I think that even felons that have committed horrible crimes should still be able to vote while in prison. I believe this because the right to vote i…

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  • Madison from Georgia

    I believe that people in jail should be able to vote because they still have human rights. If you don’t allow them to vote, that is taking them away from them.

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  • Mackenzy from Illinois

    Felons should be allowed to vote for the simple fact that voting pertains to a person’s right to freedom of speech, they should be allowed to voice their opinion. There are also bills or laws pertaining to prisoners or the prisoners family members within the community that will be affected by the bills or laws.

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    Felons should be allowed to vote for the simple fact that voting pertains to a person’s right to freedom of speech, they should be allowed to voice th…

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  • Alicia from Illinois

    Yes, they are still humans. These people also need the opportunity to get their opinions out. I feel like its only fair.

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  • Mai Vy from California

    As long as the felons are still considered to be US citizens, they should be able to cast their votes because the elected leader may also have an impact on the prison facilities, laws that may influence them and their sentence. Plus, allowing them to vote can strengthen social ties and make them abide by the law when they get out. The government rejects their freedom and put them in prison for retribution, but as a US citizen, voting has to be their right.

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    As long as the felons are still considered to be US citizens, they should be able to cast their votes because the elected leader may also have an impa…

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  • ray from Kentucky

    The right to vote is given to all US citizens no matter what your history, race, gender, etc. Everyone that is a citizen in the United States of America is given the right to vote. Now, is everybody who votes perfect? No. Is everybody who is in jail perfect? No. Do some people make bad decisions? Yes! But that does not mean that they are bad people. Good people make horrible mistakes in their lives; however, that should not define who they are. Furthermore, this means that not everyone who is in jail is a bad person and some actually care about our government. So the right to vote should be given to all. Even if you make a mistake – we all make mistakes – it doesn’t mean you want to doom our government. Anyways, there are probably Americans who are not in jail but they want to doom the government. We cannot stereotype all prisoners to be bad people and strip their rights from them. The right to vote is given to all, that means prisoners as well.

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    The right to vote is given to all US citizens no matter what your history, race, gender, etc. Everyone that is a citizen in the United States of Amer…

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  • Leah from Kentucky

    Felons should be able to vote while in prison because citizens have the right to vote. Also, legislators make decisions about the penal system that affect those in prison; therefore, it would make sense to give the people affected by that legislation the right to vote and have a voice.

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    Felons should be able to vote while in prison because citizens have the right to vote. Also, legislators make decisions about the penal system that af…

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  • Cori from Kentucky

    Voting is an inalienable right given to all U.S. citizens. While criminals give up some of their rights the moments they break the law, voting is a right that defines a U.S. citizen. If anything, voting is a civic duty and should be viewed as a responsibility, not a right or a privilege that can be taken away.

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    Voting is an inalienable right given to all U.S. citizens. While criminals give up some of their rights the moments they break the law, voting is a ri…

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  • sarah from Kentucky

    According to the 26th amendment, all citizens above the age of 18 have the legal right to vote as long as they are citizens. I do believe that although these people are incarcerated, they still should retain their right to vote. Some members are incarcerated for decades and during that time, the government can shift severely and they should be able to take part in that. The people incarcerated have already lost one sense of freedom and it would be devastating if they were also denied the ability to speak their mind by voting.

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    According to the 26th amendment, all citizens above the age of 18 have the legal right to vote as long as they are citizens. I do believe that althoug…

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  • Alex from Kentucky

    While some people in prison may pose a serious threat to our government and could elect some immoral and unpopular candidates, the majority of prisoners are common and ordinary people who simply made some mistakes. Therefore, they should be given their rights, under the Constitution, to vote within our elections as long as they maintain their US citizenship.

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    While some people in prison may pose a serious threat to our government and could elect some immoral and unpopular candidates, the majority of prisone…

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  • ashley from Kentucky

    I believe that prisoners should maintain the right to vote while in prison. They are still a citizen of the United States and they should have their right to vote while serving time. While it is controversial with people saying they have broken laws so they should not have a say in lawmakers, it is still with the point that they are still people of this country and a right we are all given is having the ability to vote once you are over the age of 18.

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    I believe that prisoners should maintain the right to vote while in prison. They are still a citizen of the United States and they should have their r…

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  • jake from Kentucky

    I do think that felons should be allowed to vote because despite the fact that they are incarcerated, they are still citizens and should still have the right to vote. Just because they might be in the can for a while doesn’t mean that the government should get to completely wave on their human rights.

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    I do think that felons should be allowed to vote because despite the fact that they are incarcerated, they are still citizens and should still have th…

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  • Robert from Kentucky

    Many felons are still American citizens, a fact that both sides of this argument accept. While they have some of their rights restricted while in jail, voting rights should never be restricted against US citizens except in cases of fraud.

    On moral grounds, taking away voting rights is cruel. If a federal law is changed and enforced mainly against a minority group, it can act as a form of voter suppression. If the law is an Unjust Law, and people use civil disobedience to protest the law, then they are jeopardizing their best way to get rid of the law. Civil disobedience and protesting, in the face of unjust laws, is part of what helps to keep laws in America fair and equal. Otherwise discriminatory laws could put disproportionately place certain groups of people in prison, and they wouldn’t have voting power to fight against these rules.

    Restricting some rights in prison is necessary to keep society stable. However, the voting system will not be jeopardized if felons in prison are allowed to vote. They need to have a say over how they are treated in prison and what will happen to them once they get out, and without the ability to vote they will be at the mercy of others. They will not elect lawmakers who want to make murder legal, they want to vote for people that seek to make the justice system less discriminatory and more fair. Lawmakers decide things like minimum sentences and what rights are taken away, so felons need to be able to represent themselves while in prison.

    Finally, anybody in prison counts as a member of the district where they are jailed, even if they do not live there. This means they count toward representation and give places with prisons more representation per citizen that has voting rights. The fact that they are counted as population without being given voting rights harkens back to times when women, african americans, and even poor men could not vote. Their suffrage came from the fact that they are human, they have rights, and that they count towards population while not being given a vote. If we are going to consider felons people in the eyes of representation, but not in the eyes of civil rights, then the representative hypocrisy must be abolished.

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    Many felons are still American citizens, a fact that both sides of this argument accept. While they have some of their rights restricted while in jail…

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  • Kayla from New Mexico

    Taking away the vote from the incarcerated gives the state too much power. In a true democracy, all citizens — no matter the crimes they have committed against the state — should have the power to have their voice heard.

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    Taking away the vote from the incarcerated gives the state too much power. In a true democracy, all citizens — no matter the crimes they have committ…

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    I believe that felons should have the right to vote because they are still citizens. I think the people that did minor crimes should actually have it while the people who did major crimes like killing someone should not have the right because the people who maybe killed someone else took away that persons rights and life so it’s only fair that they have theirs taken away also. But people who did minor crimes should still have the right to vote because they are still a person and having tried to hurt someone. They still have to pay taxes when they get out of jail and they are still citizens of the US so they should still have their rights like every other human in the US.

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    I believe that felons should have the right to vote because they are still citizens. I think the people that did minor crimes should actually have it …

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  • audrey from Kentucky

    I believe that Felons deserve the right to vote due to their inalienable rights. Although they committed crimes, they are still citizens of the United States. As citizens, they have the right to choose their government because the government still affects them in prison. Just like their right to life, felons deserve to have the ability to vote. Important matters are voted on and when felons are able to vote on issues, more accurate results are produced. With this, the government can understand the true majority of Americans and everyone’s opinions in society.

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    I believe that Felons deserve the right to vote due to their inalienable rights. Although they committed crimes, they are still citizens of the Unite…

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  • Elijah from Kentucky

    Just because someone has done something wrong and is being punished, does not mean that they should be stripped from all rights. While some people may see felons as dangerous people and even fear what some of them stand for, I do not see a problem with allowing felons to vote. I believe that prison is only in place because felons are seen as a threat to society not just to strip their rights away as punishment. Who are they harming by casting their own vote.

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    Just because someone has done something wrong and is being punished, does not mean that they should be stripped from all rights. While some people may…

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  • Veronica from Kentucky

    Because they are still citizens, they should be able to vote. The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment says that all citizens and their rights are protected under the Constitution. The 15th Amendment says that all citizens should be able to vote no matter their “race, condition, or previous condition of servitude”, and the justice system has been proven to have a racial bias. A 2018 study found that even though black youths make up 14% of the population, they make up 53% of minors transferred to an adult court, even though white and black youth make up equal percentages of being charged. 1 in 23 black adults in the United States is on parole or probation, compared to 1 in 81 whites. Since in the 2020 census, people who are incarcerated will be counted where they are incarcerated rather than where they are from, their vote should be counted there as well. Why should the prisoners be counted in the census when they can’t vote? This is turning into the three-fifths compromise with how people are being counted for population and to draw district lines when they can’t vote.

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  • Liam from Kentucky

    Felons should be allowed to vote because although they are being punished for wrongdoings, they are still citizens of the United States of America. If we strip them of their basic voting rights guaranteed to them as citizens, then they will have no voice in matters that will affect them once they are released. Under the Bill of Rights, they are guaranteed the right to due process and equal protection in the 14th Amendment, they are guaranteed an equal right to vote in the 15th Amendment, and they are protected against cruel and unusual punishment under the 8th Amendment. Stripping felons of their basic civil rights violates all three of these Amendments, no matter how serious or trivial the crime.

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    Felons should be allowed to vote because although they are being punished for wrongdoings, they are still citizens of the United States of America. I…

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  • Jordan from Kentucky

    Criminals should have the right to vote because the spectrum of felonies is too broad to restrict everyone from voting. Yes, you can make distinctions between certain criminals who do not seem fit to vote for a representative of the nation. The 14th amendment states that no law can abridge the privileges and immunities of a citizen which includes the right to vote.

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    Criminals should have the right to vote because the spectrum of felonies is too broad to restrict everyone from voting. Yes, you can make distinctions…

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  • ava from Kentucky

    I think felons that are behind bars should be allowed to vote because they are still citizens of the U.S. I feel they are being denied their first amendment rights. Everybody should have the right to vote under the equal protection clause.

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    I think felons that are behind bars should be allowed to vote because they are still citizens of the U.S. I feel they are being denied their first ame…

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  • Kyle from California

    Just because they are in prison doesn’t mean that they should not pay. It’s giving criminals an excuse to go to jail. WE the people should not pay their way because they made a bad choice. They already get free TV, Dental, health, and education. Why give them more.

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    Just because they are in prison doesn’t mean that they should not pay. It’s giving criminals an excuse to go to jail. WE the people should not pay the…

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  • Madeline from Pennsylvania

    Felons will still have to pay taxes after they leave prison, and will still be US citizens. They are still US citizens while they are in prison. Even though they have committed a crime, they should still have a say in which direction they want the country to go in because they live here, and because voting is a right all United States citizens should have.

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    Felons will still have to pay taxes after they leave prison, and will still be US citizens. They are still US citizens while they are in prison. Even …

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    • Dana from Kentucky

      Being able to participate in their communities and government will make the transition from prison to independence easier. There are major, unaddressed issues regarding the transitions felons make from being in custody, and the ability to exercise some control over their lives would alleviate the burden they have on the penal system.

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      Being able to participate in their communities and government will make the transition from prison to independence easier. There are major, unaddresse…

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  • Jesus from California

    They are in there for a reason. And chances are that they don’t have a good grasp of what is going on in society.

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  • Tyler from Oregon

    I don’t think they should be able to vote because they lost that privilege when they did something wrong.

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  • Jack from Virginia

    Do you really think pyromaniacs, serial killers, and mass murderers, should be able to vote

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  • Abby from Missouri

    No, they are criminals! They are murderers, human traffickers, child abusers, animal abusers, etc.

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  • Nate from California

    I agree on the fact that felons shouldn’t be allow to vote because most of them don’t even know what going on the outside world. Most might not even care for voting or give a flying color about who in charge because their in prison or jail and it wont affect them at all.

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    I agree on the fact that felons shouldn’t be allow to vote because most of them don’t even know what going on the outside world. Most might not even c…

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    • Evan from Missouri

      It might affect them a law that makes them slave might affect them, or if they might get out during the persons term

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    • Eli from Missouri

      They DO know what’s going on out there, maybe they don’t have such an extent of knowledge of life outside of prison, however, there are computers, TVs, newspapers, and magazines in prison, so they know what’s going on.

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      They DO know what’s going on out there, maybe they don’t have such an extent of knowledge of life outside of prison, however, there are computers, TVs…

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  • Ariana from California

    Felons do not have the same mindset as us who are outside of jail. Once somebody commits a crime they continue to think about they did. They think on whether they are guilty or innocent and because they are set in that mindset it causes them to change their attitude and will vote for something that most people wouldn’t want.

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    Felons do not have the same mindset as us who are outside of jail. Once somebody commits a crime they continue to think about they did. They think on …

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  • Haylee from Oregon

    once they go to jail they don’t care who is in charge they still are gonna break the law. they don’t need to vote if they don’t even get to be free when they are president for all we know they could vote for the person they know will make a bad derision to let them free or something. so in conclusion people in jail should not be able to vote.

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    once they go to jail they don’t care who is in charge they still are gonna break the law. they don’t need to vote if they don’t even get to be free wh…

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    • Kendrick from California

      Some felons change while in jail. Not all wish to turn back to their crime of life. Allowing some felons to at least vote can help improve the amount of people that vote in total. I feel that there are less qualified people that are allowed to vote anyway so I think that we should let felons vote.

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      Some felons change while in jail. Not all wish to turn back to their crime of life. Allowing some felons to at least vote can help improve the amount …

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    • Angel from California

      Although they are felons, they are still American citizens and should be given their rights. Even if they vote for the “bad” president, the president wouldn’t have the power to release the felons from prison because it would mean they are breaking the law.

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      Although they are felons, they are still American citizens and should be given their rights. Even if they vote for the “bad” president, the president …

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    • Julion from California

      I get what you are saying but I strongly disagree with your opinion because there are several locations that could be made where there can be ballots to vote such as in prison which could be added, and also, you really don’t give specific examples towards why they should’t but, lets say prisoners that don’t have a horrific case to be sentenced with not many years, should really have the chance to vote.

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      I get what you are saying but I strongly disagree with your opinion because there are several locations that could be made where there can be ballots …

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    • nolle from Ohio

      that not the case for everyone who go to jail. some people go and come out with a different perspective.

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  • Isabelle from Oregon

    Felons that are in prison should be unable to vote because while committing a felony, you are forfeiting any right that you have to vote. While felons do represent a significant portion of our country’s population, they are not a group of people that should be allowed to make decisions for our government.

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    Felons that are in prison should be unable to vote because while committing a felony, you are forfeiting any right that you have to vote. While felons…

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  • Ashton from Michigan

    I think that if someone creates such a defining crime to be sent to jail or prison, therefore they should not be able to vote, because obviously they are not in the right state of mind. And if they do such a crime they may not even care about their country. But on the other hand, if they went to jail or prison and they changed their ways, that is good. When any person gets released they should have all the right of a normal person.

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    • Eli from Missouri

      You could also argue that a person not in jail might not be in the right state of mind. Also, there are plenty of people who don’t care about this country that aren’t in jail and so they either don’t even vote or don’t care who they vote for. Saying that all felons aren’t in the right state of mind is a huge stereotype and that is not reality.

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      You could also argue that a person not in jail might not be in the right state of mind. Also, there are plenty of people who don’t care about this cou…

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    • Jade from Colorado

      I agree, no matter the crime once in prison you forfeit the right to have a say in political matters and your personal rights.

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    • Bryn from Colorado

      I agree I think that once your put in jail you did something that was against the law and they shouldn’t have the right to vote and their opinions don’t matter anymore.

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  • Braden from Michigan

    I think that if someone does a crime to the state, they should be punished and not be able to vote, because they could vote for someone bad

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    • Irish from Oregon

      They “could” vote for someone “bad” but it doesn’t mean that they will or won’t. Just because they did some sort of crime doesn’t mean that they are going to choose somebody bad for our state. But, who knows though, we all could be wrong. But it’s really how we think about the situation. Do you want them to be able to vote or not? Its either we let them or we don’t. I think that we should because it might be easier or even more “fair”. But that’s the way I think. But now you have to think would you let somebody that has committed a crime vote?

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      They “could” vote for someone “bad” but it doesn’t mean that they will or won’t. Just because they did some sort of crime doesn’t mean that they are g…

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  • Joshua from Kansas

    Those still serving their prison sentence should not be able to vote. If someone won’t follow the rules of a society then they should not have a voice in it at least until they are punished for it. After their sentences are served then they should be allowed to vote again because they are also still Americans at the end of the day as well.

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    Those still serving their prison sentence should not be able to vote. If someone won’t follow the rules of a society then they should not have a voice…

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  • Dezyre' from Florida

    Felons should not be able to vote in prison. If they can not obey the law and commit a crime than they should not get the privilege to vote. In the constitution you have the right to vote, except when you commit a crime your rights are taken.

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    Felons should not be able to vote in prison. If they can not obey the law and commit a crime than they should not get the privilege to vote. In the co…

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    • Jenna from Colorado

      I completely agree. I believe that voting is a privilege that we have in the United States and in order to have that privilege you have to be able to follow the laws, be a good person, and be smart. People who are in prison obviously don’t know how to follow the rules and make good decisions, so why should we give the, the ability to vote, when it is probably uneducated and false. An eye for an eye. You can’t receive what you don’t give.

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      I completely agree. I believe that voting is a privilege that we have in the United States and in order to have that privilege you have to be able to …

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  • Leigha from New Hampshire

    No. I don’t believe people who commit bad acts should be given an opportunity that gives power to our country. Knowing that they are felons, the most likely will vote for the things they deem good, when in reality, it would be horrible for the rest of the country.

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    No. I don’t believe people who commit bad acts should be given an opportunity that gives power to our country. Knowing that they are felons, the most …

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  • Kendall from New Hampshire

    No. Voting is a privilege not a right. In jail people get most of their privileges taken away. That should be one of them.

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  • Jackson from New Hampshire

    Absolutely not. Those who disobey the rules and laws of the Country do no deserve the right to choose what is right for our Country. Plain and Simple. Those who do obey the Laws, do deserve the right to vote and choose what is right for our Country.

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    Absolutely not. Those who disobey the rules and laws of the Country do no deserve the right to choose what is right for our Country. Plain and Simple….

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    • Hector from California

      I disagree with you because of the fact that we should all have human rights. I think that people in prison should have the right to vote even though they committed crime, because sometimes a lot of people do deserve to vote, probably because their crime wasn’t as bad but I think they should have the privilege to vote

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      I disagree with you because of the fact that we should all have human rights. I think that people in prison should have the right to vote even though …

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  • Kathy from New Hampshire

    I believe that when a serious crime is committed, and punished under due process of the law, that with that punishment it should carry over to rights as well. When a felon is convicted, it is because they have misused their freedom, and it is therefore taken away. For as long as that felon is in prison they should not be allowed to vote, due to the fact that they have already shown they cannot handle one of their rights, and they shouldn’t be given another one until they are out of prison.

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  • Kenny from Virginia

    I don’t think all felons should get to vote. This is too irrational and would be putting our society into the hands of people who should NOT have any say in it at all. Allowing felons to vote should go by a situational basis. Allowing them all to vote could potentially ruin our society. A prisoner who has committed first degree murder should not be able to vote, right? Why would we allow such a horrible person to vote? That person most likely has a sick and twisted mind and shouldn’t have a say in any vote. Allowing a prisoner with a less extreme felony, one that doesn’t involve murder in anyway shape or form, and a few other exceptions, I feel should be able to vote. I also disagree with the saying of “right to vote.” Voting isn’t necessarily a right, it’s more of a responsibility. It’s one of our civic duties because we’re expected to do it; you should want to do it. If these felons really wanted to vote and be involved in our society, they wouldn’t be committing these crimes in the first place. Committing a crime is like throwing away your place in our society, and it should continue to be treated as so.

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    I don’t think all felons should get to vote. This is too irrational and would be putting our society into the hands of people who should NOT have any …

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  • Brandon from Virginia

    Felons should not be allowed to vote because they lose some of their rights when they are convicted of a crime. People of America have certain rights and responsibilities they must complete in order to have the right to vote. When a convict commits a crime against his fellow Americans, he is not following the constitution of “ensuring domestic tranquility”. If the convict is unable to follow the rules set by the constitution, he shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

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    Felons should not be allowed to vote because they lose some of their rights when they are convicted of a crime. People of America have certain rights …

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  • Taher from Virginia

    I believe that felons should not have the right to vote while being in prison. The reason being because since they have committed a crime and are serving time, they essentially lose their rights as a consequence of what they have done. It only makes sense for their right to vote be terminated because they did something bad against our society and punishments are necessary in order to learn a lesson. Although the 1st amendment states that people have the right to vote, freedom of speech, and etc., that should not apply to felons as they are in a way not part of the society anymore because they are in a isolated environment. Yes, it is true that these rights are considered unalienable, however I believe that as soon as felons commit a crime, they are essentially signing away these rights. Also, felons should not still have the right to vote as they are not in the mix of society therefore they are unaware of the problems within society and so they are not able to choose a lawmaker that can fix any of those problems. Thus, I come to the conclusion that the right to vote should not be given to felons as it is a consequence of committing a crime against society.

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    I believe that felons should not have the right to vote while being in prison. The reason being because since they have committed a crime and are serv…

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  • Duke from California

    Well it depends on there crime they should be able to vote if their crime wasn’t as bad. But if there crime was severe then they shouldn’t vote.

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  • Christopher from California

    Criminals are not necessarily in the right mind and they don’t see what happens in society

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  • Destiny from North Dakota

    I said no because I believe that if you are in prison for a felony you committed, you deserve the consequences . One being, not being able to vote while in prison. If they have their opportunity to get out, I believe that they have earned their rights back and are able to vote again when out of prison.

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    I said no because I believe that if you are in prison for a felony you committed, you deserve the consequences . One being, not being able to vote wh…

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  • Sarah from North Dakota

    I agree with most of the comments that have been posted. They are behind bars for a reason. They committed a crime against our society. So therefore, they must face the consequences of doing so. I believe that they don’t have the right to vote.

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    I agree with most of the comments that have been posted. They are behind bars for a reason. They committed a crime against our society. So therefore, …

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  • kobee from North Dakota

    I don’t think felons that are in prison should be able to vote because they are not in the mix of society so they do not know what the country needs as a president so they’er vote could end up hurting the country more than doing any good.

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    I don’t think felons that are in prison should be able to vote because they are not in the mix of society so they do not know what the country needs a…

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    • Cynthia from New Jersey

      I understand what you’re saying but most people free in society and out of jail do not know what the country needs either. Over 30 million adults in this country are illiterate and therefore unable to understand the news today. Furthermore, you will find that even during the 2016 presidential election, many people chose one candidate over the other simply because one, everyone around them was, two, they were the lesser or two evils, or three, they chose a random person. None of these three options is an educated one, so to indirectly claim that people free in society are somehow more informed or smarter than the felons in prison is a hasty generalization.

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      I understand what you’re saying but most people free in society and out of jail do not know what the country needs either. Over 30 million adults in…

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  • carlton from North Dakota

    I believe that felons in prison shouldn’t be able to vote. You lose your right to vote when you break the law

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  • Samuel from California

    Felons shouldn’t be allowed to vote, in my opinion, because they committed a crime against society. If they can not function in society and be civil, why should they have a possible effect in our government? They caused a crime resulting in them serving numerous years in jail. With them allowing to vote, their are possible ex-government officials who committed terrible crimes against the country who would try to vote in favor of someone who can pardon them. They have to be moved away from government if we want to protect it.

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    Felons shouldn’t be allowed to vote, in my opinion, because they committed a crime against society. If they can not function in society and be civil, …

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    • C. George from California

      I understand that an ex-government official would be in prison, but I think that it’s not the majority so you have nothing to worry about.

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  • Leilani from Louisiana

    If you commit a crime, you should think about the consequences that go with it. If you are a felon and you’ve done something bad, you shouldn’t be voting. I think felons need to realize what happens when you commit a crime and what privileges you get taken away from you. If you are a felon voting gets taken away from you. If they think about consequences, then we may not have anymore crimes committed.

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    If you commit a crime, you should think about the consequences that go with it. If you are a felon and you’ve done something bad, you shouldn’t be vot…

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  • harrison from California

    the reason why I said no is because they are in there for a crime. Even though they have rights they still lost some because of the situation they put themselves in. Therefore they should not have the responsibility to vote. Also if they can’t even follow the law what makes us think they won’t take the voting process seriously. In conclusion, that is why I say no on felons voting.

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    the reason why I said no is because they are in there for a crime. Even though they have rights they still lost some because of the situation they put…

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  • caden from California

    Felons shouldn’t be able to vote because voting is a right and when you commit a felony or a crime your breaking the laws how can we let someone who breaks law take part in making them and making big decisions for the country.

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    Felons shouldn’t be able to vote because voting is a right and when you commit a felony or a crime your breaking the laws how can we let someone who b…

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  • Carson from California

    I do not believe felons should be able to vote while they are in prison because they committed a crime and they should not be able to do things that people who didn’t commit a crime are able to do. They made a bad choice and they are in prison now, they are not free anymore. They were free until they made that bad decision, why should they get to vote and might affect who the free peoples vote for president.

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    I do not believe felons should be able to vote while they are in prison because they committed a crime and they should not be able to do things that p…

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  • Robert from California

    Some argue that voting should be an unalienable right granted to all peoples living in the United States of America. However, these offenders who breaks laws are disobeying the very document which grants them these rights, so in turn if they disobey the constitution by breaking laws they should not be granted rights associated with it. Instead of worrying about whether inmates vote or not Democrats and Republicans alike should focus on young people and citizens whose don’t vote regardless. Logically there are more people who don’t vote who have a stronger voice than a degenerate who could care less about who is elected rather than worrying if their vote matters.

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  • Adam from California

    Once you break the law you should lose your privilege to vote. Certain rights hat someone has outside of prison shouldn’t still be allowed in prison such as voting

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    • Angel from California

      Adam , i disagree with this idea because the subjects that we vote on could affect them in jail. They still have a vote because they are still citizens of the united states and by the way is that not hat

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      Adam , i disagree with this idea because the subjects that we vote on could affect them in jail. They still have a vote because they are still citizen…

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  • Emma from California

    Prisoners should not be able to vote in jail. It is not fair for people in jail to vote for law-abiding citizens. If they are in society for an amout of time, they should not be able to vote for that amount of time. They should not be able to have a say on what laws should be passed if they are breaking the laws.

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    Prisoners should not be able to vote in jail. It is not fair for people in jail to vote for law-abiding citizens. If they are in society for an amout …

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  • Terrance from Louisiana

    I think felons should not be allowed to vote. Went you go to jail that means you broke the law and your not supposed to do that. Not only that but they can team up and vote for someone bad for the office. These are some reasons they shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

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    I think felons should not be allowed to vote. Went you go to jail that means you broke the law and your not supposed to do that. Not only that but t…

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  • Reyna from Louisiana

    No, I do not think that felons should be able to make votes while they are in prison. I think that they should because if the are put in prison for a crime that they did that is there punishment until they are out. The shouldn’t have the right to vote for something of our country if they can’t even obey the country. I feel that if they was to vote they would probably pick something that they don’t even like just to try and mess up the the country. It is just totally wrong for the felons to vote. I hope that they never will.

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    No, I do not think that felons should be able to make votes while they are in prison. I think that they should because if the are put in prison for a …

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  • Santi from Louisiana

    They definitely should not be able to vote. After breaking a law and serving time for it there should definitely are definitely a lot of punishments and not voting should be one of them. Also, it’s not like they can gather information and actually form a proper opinion about who they want to elect. They would probably just take a guess because they haven’t seen any news or newspapers. Once they serve their time they can actually form a proper opinion about it and really vote for who they think will do better for our country. So when they are in custody I don’t think it would be wise for them to vote, when they are out and have served their time they should be able to vote just like any citizen.

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    They definitely should not be able to vote. After breaking a law and serving time for it there should definitely are definitely a lot of punishments a…

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  • Caitlin from Louisiana

    They must face their consequences and not vote. Even though it is a right of the people, the have to face their own actions. Jail isn’t just a place y’know.
    Your actions ruined your life, so now consequences start to flood in the door.
    Yes we have our rights but its like when you were little and you had rules around the house. You broke one serious rule and everything got taken away from you.

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    They must face their consequences and not vote. Even though it is a right of the people, the have to face their own actions. Jail isn’t just a place y…

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  • Grace from Louisiana

    voting is a privilege, not a right. If you commit a felony, you should have to face the consequences, which means no voting. It doesn’t state that voting is an unalienable right anywhere in the Constitution.

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    voting is a privilege, not a right. If you commit a felony, you should have to face the consequences, which means no voting. It doesn’t state that vot…

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  • Drew from Louisiana

    When you go to prison you are stripped of most of your rights, one of those being the ability to vote, as they should not be able to vote because of the terrible things they have done in past times. Plus the remark that republicans only send People of Color to jail is outright outrageous.

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    When you go to prison you are stripped of most of your rights, one of those being the ability to vote, as they should not be able to vote because of t…

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  • Kristian from Louisiana

    No, I don’t believe felons should have the right to vote in prison. I believe this because if you did such a harmful crime to become a felon in jail you do not have the right to vote because since you’ve been detached from the outside world so much you would/could make the wrong vote. Yes, they do have rights to be able to vote but I believe that they shouldn’t get to because they have done something so bad. They are also serving time because they broke the law they shouldn’t have the oprotunity to vote and get new laws.

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    No, I don’t believe felons should have the right to vote in prison. I believe this because if you did such a harmful crime to become a felon in jail y…

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  • Noah from Illinois

    Voting is a Privilege, not a Right. It says no where in the constitution that voting is an unalienable right. If you commit a Felony, you must suffer the consequences and face the repercussions of what you have done. It can be compared to driving, that is a privilege not a right.

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  • Ashlee from Illinois

    I say no because they did a crime for a reason, yes they have rights but they shouldn’t have the responsibility to vote if they did a crime they should do time and not get the privilege.

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    I say no because they did a crime for a reason, yes they have rights but they shouldn’t have the responsibility to vote if they did a crime they shoul…

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  • Carter from Kentucky

    Felons should not be able to vote while in prison because they are serving their time for breaking a current law. They should not be able to vote on possible new laws or candidates since they have shown that they are willing to break a law in the first place. Once they are out of prison and served their time, I think they should be allowed to vote again, but not while in prison. Felons have chosen to break a law and land them in prison, which reduces some of their rights because they did not uphold the government’s policy. Therefore, they are willingly giving up their right to vote because they broke a law previously.

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  • Julia from Kentucky

    No, I do not believe that felons should be able to cast a vote while they are in person. I understand that the right to vote is granted to citizens in the constitution; however, there are repercussions when you commit crimes, and giving up the right to vote should be one of them. Those who have committed dangerous crimes should not have a say in our government. These felons have disregarded lawmakers and the laws in the first place; therefore they should not have a say in electing new lawmakers.

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    No, I do not believe that felons should be able to cast a vote while they are in person. I understand that the right to vote is granted to citizens in…

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  • Hayden from Kentucky

    I believe that while incarcerated criminals should not be able to vote. Most of the time criminals have made a choice to commit a crime and with that should bring punishments. The lack of decision-making skills shows in incarcerated people and the should pay the price and not vote. Prison is meant to reform the mind to make better decisions, and once they serve their time they and justified in making decisions in their life such as who they want to vote for.

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    I believe that while incarcerated criminals should not be able to vote. Most of the time criminals have made a choice to commit a crime and with that …

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  • Luke from Kentucky

    Felons have made the choice to commit their crime. They should have no voting rights until they are freed from prison. Once they are freed from prison they should be given their right to vote back. Felons in prison would vote people into office that would serve their goals and make it easier for them in prison.

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    Felons have made the choice to commit their crime. They should have no voting rights until they are freed from prison. Once they are freed from prison…

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    Felons should not be able to vote because they lose their vote since they commited a crime. After the felon’s time in prison is up, the felon can do vote as they please, but having convicted criminals vote in our society would give the U.S. a terrible reputation for allowing convicted criminals to vote for whoever they wish which could mess up the system if the criminal voted to disrupt instead of voting for a specific purpose.

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  • Hannah from Kentucky

    Felons do have rights just as all citizens in the United States; however, when people choose to break the law, the government has the right to take away some of their freedoms by placing them in jail. Jail is a punishment. The purpose of jail is to dissuade people from committing crimes and then punish them when they do. When someone commits a crime, they wave certain rights which allows the government to arrest them and place them in a jail. Therefore, people in jail should not be allowed to vote. On the other hand, people who have committed felons but are now out of prison should have the right to vote. They shouldn’t be punished for the rest of their lives for a mistake they may have made when they were teenagers. They should have the right to vote after they have served their time and paid the price for their crimes.

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  • Samuel from Kentucky

    When someone is jailed, they lose their rights. That’s the whole idea. It is a punishment. It is baffling to think that someone would think that this is a good idea. When you are incarcerated, you are shut off from the world. Not entirely, but by quite a bit. They have less exposure to the politics of the nation than the average person would. But let us pretend that they are fully exposed to the political state of the nation. Their votes are going to be heavily skewed to what side gets them out faster. Their concerns are more involved in the environment around them than the actual nation. It seems like a ploy for easy votes If you ask me. This is something that shouldn’t be an issue.

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    When someone is jailed, they lose their rights. That’s the whole idea. It is a punishment. It is baffling to think that someone would think that this …

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  • Joey from Kentucky

    When a citizen elects to break the law they do so of their own free will while fully aware of the consequences. Those who break the law or infringe on the rights of others forfeit their rights due to their own actions and losing the right to vote is one of those punishments. Their actions reveal a blatant disregard for the law; therefore, they do not deserve to have their ideals reform the government or represented in an election.

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  • Lauren from Kentucky

    No, they should not have the right to vote whatsoever, that is such a crazy question to ask. When arrested, people are immediately stripped of their rights and any right they may have that would allow them to vote. People who commit these horrible fines and go to jail do not deserve this right at all and it would be crazy to allow someone who is under the influence, incarcerated, a murderous person, etc…to have a say in our government. I don’t care how innocent people think they are, they are definitely in the wrong on this one.

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    No, they should not have the right to vote whatsoever, that is such a crazy question to ask. When arrested, people are immediately stripped of their r…

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  • Megan from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think felons should be able to vote. They lost all their rights to do things once they were arrested and put in jail. They commited a crime, they were found guilty of breaking laws. They had lost the right to vote and all once they commited that crime and was found guilty.

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    No I do not think that felons should be able to vote because nearly 20% of prisoners don’t just have simple mental illnesses but have incredibly almost crippling mental diseases. People in prisons also don’t have as much access to the news so they can’t find out all the information on each person. The news in the prison can be highly restricted also and the prisoners would be able to be swayed easily. I also believe that they lost the right to vote the moment that they were arrested.

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    No I do not think that felons should be able to vote because nearly 20% of prisoners don’t just have simple mental illnesses but have incredibly almo…

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  • Brent from Kentucky

    Felons in the United States should not have the right to vote period. If you are unwilling to follow the law of our nation, then you should have no role in the process of which laws are instituted for the rest of the American People. Our nation develops and institutes our laws through a variety of things, such as a national referendum or through the ballot box, which is brought by out lawmakers both in local and federal government. Felons who have gone against the law of the land, and have committed crimes against their fellow citizens, fellow Americans, they should not be held to the same standards as those who are law abiding citizens. Another important factor that must be looked at, is that Children, non-citizens, and the mentally incompetent can’t vote because of the standards of trustworthiness and responsibility. These are the same reasons that should be applied to felons.

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  • Peyton from Kentucky

    No, I do not believe that felons should be allowed to vote while they are in prison. I believe that if they have decided to commit a crime and if they have refused to follow laws then they have lost their right to vote for the people who make the laws. They are serving a sentence in prison and therefore, part of their punishment is not being allowed to vote. If they were truly concerned about who was representing them they should not have broken the law to begin with.

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    No, I do not believe that felons should be allowed to vote while they are in prison. I believe that if they have decided to commit a crime and if the…

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  • Tara from Kentucky

    felons should not be able to vote in prison. felons committed a crime that goes against the laws that law-abiding citizens adhere to. felons being allowed to vote is saying that those that break the law are still getting rights which they don’t deserve until they have earned back their place in society.

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    felons should not be able to vote in prison. felons committed a crime that goes against the laws that law-abiding citizens adhere to. felons being all…

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  • Noah from Kentucky

    For me personally, I do not think that felons should have the right to vote. In order to be considered a felon, you must break the law and do something to get you in that position. When you are in this position, you realize that you lose some of your freedom and rights, one of those being the right to vote. I think if they are given the ability to vote, it is allowing some potential disruptive people to have a say on how our country is run, while they are still locked up.

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    For me personally, I do not think that felons should have the right to vote. In order to be considered a felon, you must break the law and do somethin…

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  • MITCHELL from Kentucky

    Felons should not be able to vote while they are jail. It just doesn’t make sense because they are serving time for stuff they have done wrong and this should also be apart of their punishment. We already have to take away their freedoms because that is what lead them to this point and having them vote would not be good for society.

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  • Paul from Kentucky

    Voting for representatives relates to deciding who you think will best represent your beliefs on a state or national level. Therefore, I believe that law-abiding citizens should have the privilege of voting for who they want to represent them. In addition, the people in prison aren’t being directly affected by policies outside of their prison. With this being said, once people get out of prison, they should be able to vote again. They then become a member of whatever community they’re in, and they should have the opportunity to be politically active.

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  • Grace from Kentucky

    I do not agree that felons should be allowed to vote while they are in prison, but I believe once felons are released and done serving their sentence, they should be allowed to vote. Maybe there should be a probation period to make sure that the individual doesn’t commit another felony, but then after that they should reserve the right to vote. Felons are still citizens and there are some rights stripped from them when they enter prison, but once time is served, voting should be allowed. Felons who commit horrific crimes, for the most part, are not released from prison. Some felonies are not violent crimes: financial crimes, property damage crimes, and most “white collar crimes”.

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  • Claire from Kentucky

    Felons should not be allowed the right to vote in prison on the basis of losing their rights while incarcerated. All felons who commit an act that would cause them to be in jail, leads to their loss of rights while serving time. Behind bars, all felons lose their rights and regain them when they are released from jail. If someone chooses to comment a felony that would land them behind bars, they should not have the right to vote while serving time for that crime. The 14th Amendments gives states the right to allow felons to vote. Federalism allows for states and its citizens to choose whether or not to let felons vote, especially if they are in prison. Overall, felons should not have the right to vote because they made an active choice to commit a wrong; their rights should be revoked in jail and given back to them out of jail.

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  • gabrielle from Kentucky

    When felons go to jail it is a punishment. They have done something to harm their environment community of government. Jail is a loss of freedom and part of this freedom includes being able to vote. As a felon you are being cared for by the state and therefore should not be granted the same rights as those citizens who are not to in jail and are being active members of society.

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  • Maria from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think people in jail should be able to vote. While you are in jail, you are serving your time and facing the consequences of your actions. It wouldn’t make sense to deny prisoners of other rights but still allow them the right to vote. However, once they have served their time and are released from jail, they should be granted their voting rights.

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    No, I don’t think people in jail should be able to vote. While you are in jail, you are serving your time and facing the consequences of your actions…

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  • Patrick from Kentucky

    When someone commits a felony, they sacrifice certain rights when they are behind bars and on probation. While they are citizens, they have committed crimes against America and her people. While they may reform while they are in prison, there is not a guarantee that they will. Also, do we really want the guy that just brutally murdered his wife 10 days ago voting for public servants?

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  • Kayla from Kentucky

    I don’t think that felons should be allowed to vote because it comes as part of their punishment. A person who deliberately disobeys the law of their country should not benefit from the rights in which other citizens have in their time of wrongdoing. However, I think that they should be allowed to vote when they are released from prison, for they have served their time.

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  • Natalie from Kentucky

    When an individual makes the choice to commit a crime, they risk forfeiting some of their rights if they are charged. If they are in jail then the right to vote should be able to be taken from them. They may not be able to make competent decisions for the good of the rest of the American people and based on their actions should not be entrusted to do so. Therefore they should not be able to vote while in prison.

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  • Nathan from Kentucky

    Felons should not be able to vote, unless they get released. These people are criminals and they do not deserve the right to vote. There is clearly something wrong with them, and giving voting rights to them while their in jail, somewhat rewards their bad behavior, and does not punish them hard enough for their actions.

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    Felons should not be able to vote, unless they get released. These people are criminals and they do not deserve the right to vote. There is clearly so…

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  • Andrew from Indiana

    Nah, if they really don’t want to adhere to the laws then why should we let them affect them.

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  • Grace from Tennessee

    Depending on the state, felons lose quite a few of their rights because of the law that was broken, not simply the right to vote, but also the right to bear arms, and so on. Thus, the temporary (or sometimes permanent) revoking or these rights is the punishment administered to these citizens. If this changed to the case where felons were allowed to vote while incarcerated, it could be argued that the other “rights” ensured by our Constitution that are revoked because of their incarceration would be altered to where those prisioners would share the same freedoms as all citizens and they would ultimately have no punishment for their crimes. It is debateable as to what “inalienable rights” are and what “citizenship privileges” are in American society, and thus, it is imperative that there is a clear line of punishment for prisoners because of the fact that prison should not be simply “a hotel” that cannot be left, it should be an institution of correctional administration in order to create better citizens that will eventually be incorporated into civilian life, depending on the severity of the crime. There are reasons for revoking rights. For instance, if a person under the age of 18 were granted the right to vote, they would not be able to cognitively execute that privilege because they aren’t finished learning what it takes to survive in the world and haven’t developed their personalities, preferences, and political standpoints at that age. In other words, their votes would replicate their parents votes. Thus, the more children that a family has the more likely politicians would be to target a much younger audience for their political campaigns because children are very impressionable. As I have learned, children are considered legally incapacitated in court until the age of 18 and have a person to represent them in this manner. Thus, if a child is legally incapacitated in court, they cannot have the ability to make a cognitive decision that would impact the whole country. Besides, our government is a Democratic Republic, not a complete democracy. As many may recall, the pledge of allegiance states “and to the Republic for which it stands” signifying that we do not live in a total democracy, but rather that democracy is at our roots through the consent of the governed and legislation. In short, policies and laws are in place for a reason, to eliminate them is madness, but to change them into something else is considerable: Improvement of laws over the omission of laws.

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Felons should not be able to vote since that would be part of the punishment of breaking the piece in the first place. Prison is supposed to be a place where the majority of rights given to US citizens are taken away to show what they have lost. Having such a right to vote in prison would lessen this view and could possibly increase crime since people will have less fear of knowing some of their more important rights can be retained. Having felons vote could also lead to dangerous decisions where they could vote for somebody that could free them sooner, without learning their lesson. Felons should not be allowed to vote, some people just have to learn the hard way.

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  • Charlotte from Colorado

    Felonies have committed a crime. They were found guilty of breaking laws citizens adhere to. If a majority of citizens can follow the laws then if you break the laws you should not be allowed to be citizen in the voting ring.

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    • Sierra from Texas

      They might not be in the right mind when they vote. They could purposefully vote for what will kill us as a nation. Who is to say they won’t hurt us by voting for someone trying to bring us down. They lost the right to vote the minute they decided to hurt us as a country and people as a whole.

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    • Katlynn from Illinois

      The imprisoned citizen made a wrong decision or even multiple. By not allowing them to vote gives them a motivation to get out the legal way and make a difference when they are out. A citizen serving a life sentence does not have a need to vote for someone on the outside. I just recently watched the documentary of Ted Bundy, he was a psychotic genius, who knew how to work the system and change the minds of authorities. If someone was like him now, it most likely would not end well if he had a say in what was happening. The citizens behind bars are there for a reason and gets their right to vote ceased based upon their actions.

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