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?