Do you think that people with felonies should be able to vote?

United States
October 30, 2006 4:12pm CST
Should convicted felons lose their voting priviledges? Why should they or why shouldn't they?
7 responses
@mandakat (879)
• Canada
31 Oct 06
Don't they lose their voting rights while in prison? I think once they've "repaid their debt to society" they should have their voting rights restored. I'm not sure that they should be allowed to vote if only out on probation though.
@amy124 (29)
• United States
31 Oct 06
I agree with the point that they have repaid their debt to society, so allow them to vote again. Perhaps those that have served time are better qualified to vote on on propositions to reform prisons or for candidates that are proposing changes to the prison system.
• United States
30 Oct 06
No I don't think that they should be allowed to vote. I do think that they should be aloud to work and go to college and get financial aid.
• United States
31 Oct 06
Why not?
@sevenseas (754)
• United States
1 Nov 06
Really, once they have done their time and paid their pentance back to society, or however you want to say it, I really don't see what the big deal is in keeping them from voting. Not everyone who is convicted of a felony stays a crook the rest of their life. Some just made a mistake down the road. I think their view point regarding their country and government is just as valid as anyone elses.
@birthlady (5613)
• United States
31 Oct 06
To the best of my knowledge, people with felonies are not allowed to vote, and that's just one of the civic rights and responsibilites lost to a felon.
@sbeauty (5871)
• United States
31 Oct 06
I think that would be a bit harsh. Our Constitution gives every citizen the right to vote. I guess it could be changed by adding an amendment. If someone is currently in prison, then no, they shouldn't vote. They are not an active part of society. However, when they get out of prison their rights should all be restored to them.
@micheller (1366)
• United States
31 Oct 06
no they shouldnt be able to vote but they should have the rights to get a job.
@SRANKIN (282)
• United States
30 Oct 06
I still think that they should be able to vote.. not sure why I feel that way, though.