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prisoners and should they be able to vote

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Started: 6/13/2016 Category: News
Updated: 4 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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prisoners should not be able to vote.
They lost there rights to vote when there done something wrong and they went to prison but I know they have done there time in prison but yeh


We live in a society that accepts

1: All people born equal with rights
2: Government’s function is to secure unalienable rights
3: Government receives power through the consent of the governed via voting

See Declaration of Independence

Eric H. Holder, JD, US Attorney General, stated the following in his Feb. 11, 2014 speech.

“In many states, felony disenfranchisement laws are still on the books. And the current scope of these policies is not only too significant to ignore – it is also too unjust to tolerate… Across this country today, an estimated 5.8 million Americans – 5. 8 million of our fellow citizens – are prohibited from voting because of current or previous felony convictions. That’s more than the individual populations of 31 U.S. states. And although well over a century has passed since post- Reconstruction states used these measures to strip African Americans of their most fundamental rights, the impact of felony disenfranchisement on modern communities of color remains both disproportionate and unacceptable… It is unwise, it is unjust, and it is not in keeping with our democratic values.” (1)

It is unjust, it affects millions of Americans, it is contrary to societies values, and undermines the role of government. As Eric Holder concludes, “These laws deserve to be not only reconsidered, but repealed.” (1) Through repeal of laws that remove the right to vote we can eliminate all harms associated with them.

1: Government cannot receive legitimate power through consent of the governed if the governed cannot vote.

2: Without consent or power the government cannot secure unalienable rights

If the right to vote is taken away, our entire system of government cannot live up to its primary purpose. In the interest of our government filling its purpose, or in other words, securing the unalienable rights afforded to all men, it is only reasonable to conclude that Felons should have voting rights in the modern U.S.

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Posted by TheWorldIsComplicated 4 months ago
They shouldn't be able to vote. You lose your freedom in jail.
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