Do felons deserve the right to vote?
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Do felons deserve the right to vote?

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Only Maine and Vermont currently allow incarcerated individuals to vote. Florida permanently disenfranchises felons, but a judge just ordered Gov. Rick Scott to restore felons' voting rights and Scott has appealed the ruling. Critics say if you break the law, you lose the right to participate in our political process. But others argue mass incarceration and sentencing disparities disenfranchise millions of Americans and disproportionately impact people of color. Should we let felons vote? 🗳️

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Some think once criminal offenders have served their time, they should have their rights restored. But in an impassioned editorial for The Washington Post, a Yale law professor argues it's wrong for us to take away the voting rights of people in prison.

In a democracy, felon enfranchisement should not be a partisan issue. Both Republicans and Democrats ought to be held to account for their crimes by a government whose actions they can own. We should give the vote to citizens, in or out of prison, whom we wish to hold responsible for violating laws that are not just ours but also theirs.

But for many people, disenfranchisement is a just part of the punishment for committing crimes. If voting was important to you, you shouldn't have broken the law.

While public opinion on whether incarcerated people should be allowed to vote differs, there is widespread support to restore prisoners' voting rights once they have served their time.

They are still citizens. They still pay taxes.

But others say losing your right to vote is the price you pay for breaking the law.

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