Every citizen, including prisoners and ex-cons, should retain the right to vote. One of every America's civic duties is to vote. Why further punish someone by taking away their ability to help pick a decent leader?
Through elected officials, our government is kept transparent and accountable. If one starts taking away citizen's right to vote, it calls to question the accountability of the U.S. government.
Prisoners and ex-convicts do not have the right to vote. If they are convicted of a felony, they have lost their right to vote. If they are in prison for a misdemeanor, then they should be allowed to vote. If an ex-convict did not commit a felony, he or she should be allowed to vote.
There is a good reason to maintain a law-abiding voting public. Those who violate the laws that are established should not have the power to change laws by electoral vote. Consider if pedophiles set up a small community and voted to legalize pedophilia in their town. The law should not be influenced by those who failed to respect it.
I disagree that every citizen deserves the right to vote. It is my opinion that those members of society that have committed major felonies should have their right to vote revoked because they have already shown a lack of respect for our nation's laws and the authority of the government in general.
The individual states control who can vote within their
borders. Nowadays, only Kentucky and Virginia never allow felons to vote again.
So the franchise is not usually permanently denied, it only has to be earned
back, by serving one’s sentence and parole, or at worst by petitioning.
Two states let felons vote while they are still inside. It does seem fair
for someone who has scorned his country’s laws to be kept from enjoying
one of its freedoms for a while.