Ex-felon right to vote: Is a right to petition an inadequate replacement?

  • If you are free then vote.

    I feel that as long as you are not incarcerated you should have the right to vote. This is a form of oppression by conservatives. If you are free and required to pay taxes, which funds the salaries of government officials, then you should have the right to vote for those who will receive those salaries.

  • The System Works, Why Change It?

    Felons have not lost the right to vote for minor infractions. They have committed
    serious crimes, felonies. Loss of the franchise varies in the United States, but
    almost all jurisdictions recognize disenfranchisement as a form of punishment
    for crimes that range from serious violence to substantial robberies and frauds.
    In many cases, a felon may vote after his or her parole or probation ends, and
    often a felon may petition. The petition allows the felon to state his case, and
    to be given a fair chance to regain voting rights. Why change this eminently
    fair system?

  • An ex-felon's right to petition is an inadequate replacement to a right to vote.

    An ex-felon's right to petition is an inadequate replacement to a right to vote. Recall that we are talking about an "ex-felon" here; that is, a person who has been convicted of a felony, sentenced, and served his or her time. An ex-felon has been punished and now deserves to be re-admitted to the world at large. Depriving an ex-felon of his right to vote is the equivalent of imposing a life-sentence on him, for a crime for which he has served his time. This is unreasonable and unfair. Ex-felons should be allowed to vote.

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