Prisoners right to vote: Do prisoners have a "right" to vote?

  • No Prisoners should not have a right to vote.

    When convicted of a crime, prisoners should lose all rights except the basic rights of food, clothing, and shelter. Prisoners have shown that they make poor choices or else they would not be in prison in the first place. Voting rights should be giving only to those that have not been found guilty by a jury of their peers. I am not saying that once they are released from prison they can't vote, but that is a debate for another occasion.

  • Prisoners are still citizens.

    Prisoners are still citizens and should be allowed to vote. Some issues directly effect them more than others and they would provide a valuable insight into prison systems and corrections. Allowing them to vote encourages civil responsibility and fosters a sense of purpose and value that may prevent them from committing future offenses. The right to vote is just that - a right.

  • Yes because prisoners are still he same as other humans

    I say yes because prisoners are still like other humans,they did something bad but they still have the rights to agree or disagree.Prisoners are still good people,they did something that they regret but they should always have have the rights to vote for something either if they are locked up or arent

  • We can make a compromise

    When taking away a right it is just like slavery all over again, yes they have made bad choices but they are no less of a person than you nor I.
    And if you disagree then a compromise could be made where it is only a certain type of prisoner like a minor offence such as petty theft.

  • They are American citizen, and every American citizen should possess this basic right.

    By not allowing prisoners to vote, we are allowing the same discrimination that African Americans and women were forced to bear before they were granted these rights, a problem that I had thought we had moved on from long ago. Continuing to deny them these rights that every American citizen should have, we are denying these people a voice, which according to the Constitution everyone (no matter who they are) has a right to have.

  • Yes prisoners should have a right to vote

    They are still people and they are citizens of their city. The only time I believe that they should not be able to vote is if they were mental or they were in prison for life. They should need to meet qualifications before being allowed to vote. So I think they should be able to vote and the have a word in their life of good after they have been punished

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