Should prisoners be allowed to vote?

December 4, 2008 4:56pm CST
In UK, convicted prisoners are not allowed to participate in elections. Since it is a fundamental human right to be able to vote, there is a case challenging this restriction, We shall see what the courts think, but what do you think? IOf they ahve broken society's rules should they be allowed to influence the government that may change the rules in the future?
3 responses
@kkthom3 (279)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I definitely think that they should be able to vote. I am not really very sympathetic towards prisoners usualy because I tend to think that it is their own fault that they are in prison and they need to take their punishment, but they are still humans and they do have rights. I live in the United States and I don't think that we have any laws prohibiting prisoners from voting, but I could be wrong. I think that especially for prisoners who might be released soon would be very motivated and want to vote because what they vote on may affect their lives when they are out. Prisoners who are serving life terms may not be as interested in voting because it won't affect them but I think they should still have the right to choose. I also don't think that having prisoners vote would have any type of negative affect on the outcome of hte election because the most major topics of hte election proabaly doesn't have anyhting to do with prisoner interests.
4 Dec 08
Well said and thank you for your comments.
@us2owls (1681)
• United States
5 Dec 08
I don't think they should be allowed to vote. People in prisong have broken the law - and probably denied someone their fundamental rights to a safe and peaceful life in doing so - so why should they be allowed any fundamental right such as voting when because of their behaviour the taxpayers are providing them with shelter and 3 meals a day at no cost to them I say NO to them voting.
@zeethegr8 (786)
• India
4 Dec 08
Prisoners have their most basic right being taken aways from them - Freedom. And I think that very much includes every other right. Even the right to vote. As freedom is not what they have, they should not be allowed to vote freely. Also chances are that they may be bribed to vote for a particular party and this may give rise to an ugly face of politics within the prison environment. So its better that prisoners do not vote unless they have finished their term in jail.