Should UK prisoners be allowed to Vote?

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  1. Joe Cook profile image60
    Joe Cookposted 5 years ago

    Should UK prisoners be allowed to Vote?

    Despite David Cameron’s angry disgruntled outburst that prisoners should not get the vote, affording inmates the right to vote is surely the mark of a mature civilised society?

  2. Gina145 profile image83
    Gina145posted 5 years ago

    I'm not from the UK, but I think the same question applies to any country.

    My personal opinion is that whether prisoners are allowed to vote should depend on the seriousness of the crime.  A killer who has been put away for life should certainly not be allowed to vote, while someone who has committed a fairly petty crime and is due for release in a few months time should be allowed a say in how their country is run.

    Just where the cut-off point should be between who is or isn't allowed to vote is open to debate.

  3. chef-de-jour profile image99
    chef-de-jourposted 5 years ago

    By denying a prisoner the right to vote are we saying that,once convicted and imprisoned a human being becomes a non person, stripped of all democratic rights? Yes I realise there are some Heinous crimes committed by very disturbed people but I believe that a civilised nation should treat all of its citizens the same when it comes to voting.

    After all if you give a prisoner the right to vote they may become involved in life in a positive way again. They may even have issues they may want to pursue in connection with imprisonment and the plight of prisoners generally. We allow prisoners legal aid - isn't it a bit hypocritical to deny them democratic aid with the right to vote?

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    JThomp42posted 5 years ago

    In the United States, if you are convicted of a felony you lose your right to vote permanently. As for the UK, it should probably be the same.

    1. ithabise profile image83
      ithabiseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      In 12 states. In most states that right is returned to you with some combinations of completion of incarceration term, parole, and probation. Two states inmates get to vote.

    2. profile image0
      JThomp42posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Not in Tennessee ithabise.

    3. ithabise profile image83
      ithabiseposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      That's because TN is one of those 12 states. Still, in TN persons convicted after 1981 may apply to the Board of Probation and Parole for restoration of voting privileges upon the completion of their sentence.

  5. Attikos profile image78
    Attikosposted 5 years ago

    Why not? The unimprisoned British voters aren't doing all that well, so how could prison voting make it worse?


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