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Should prisoners have the right to vote ?

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Started: 3/22/2017 Category: People
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Prisoners should have the right to vote, because they may be released soon to be govern by a candidate chosen by others. According to the 14th amendment "all persons born or naturalized in the United States," which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws" which encourages equal rights in all situations.


Prisoners should not have the right to vote, because they may disrupt the voting and get people to bend to their will. For example: many prisoners around the country saying they will vote for if people don't help get them out of jail. This may disrupt the community; the election may be very close and the prisoners could turn the tide.
Also consider that prisoners may vote for a candidate that could get them out of jail unfairly.
In addition, letting prisoners vote could cause prisoners to think of themselves as "free." An example would be someone locked in a dungeon in a palace, but being treated like a king--being able to eat whatever they want, and go anywhere they want as long as they stay inside the palace walls. They might enjoy themselves--not even want to be free of the palace. This could happen metaphorically if prisoners are allowed to vote--they might enjoy themselves thinking about the election--think of themselves as "free." Prison is not supposed to be a happy place. It is supposed to be a place where prisoners can think about what they did and reflect upon it. Giving them privileges such as this may cause them to become more rambunctious.
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Posted by RC-9282 3 years ago
No, they shouldn't. You cannot break the rules of the system and then expect to reap the benefits. Once they return to being civilian, they assume the right to vote again. Until that happens, felons and incarcerated persons should be prevented from voting.
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