Should citizens, including felons, have a Constitutional right to vote not dependent on state law?
The founding fathers' original draft the Constitution avoided direct stance on who got the privilege to vote. Instead they purposely gave the States the power to determine who could vote. They did this knowing that many states would deny women, minorities, slaves, and non-landed white men the privilege to vote. This is ironic since America fought a war against England in part because they were tired of not having representation in matters, which affected their life. Subsequent amendments have guaranteed that rights could not be denied to one based on "certain" criteria.
Absolutely, provided their probation has been served and they have stay out of trouble. I think restoring someone's voting rights goes a long way to making them feel like they have a stake. I'm glad many of my fellow GOPers are leading the way on this issue.
Not being in any party, I disagree. And the ? didn't restrict it to after probation. Criminals lose many of the constitutional rights, and it continues during probation. Should we also let non citizens vote in our elections?
+brad How did you drag noncitizens as equal as citizens with a felony record? Are you saying ex-cons are non citizens?
My view is that every adult should have the right to vote. To say that a person cannot vote because they're now in prison is, in a way, to say that they 'no longer exist.' No one should be discriminated against.
You and everyone else is discriminated by people everyday. The concept of equality is a farce. The constitutional didn't provide for it. They didn't even think blacks were worth a whole person&they didn't give them or women the right to vote
You're right, Bradmaster. But that doesn't mean it's just. When the American Constitution was written we lived in a very different world. I believe all human beings have a right to be heard and express their opinions.
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