Should a convicted felon be able to vote? This is a serious question that is being asked every day in our society as we are in an era where those who we elect are expected to make our society better by reducing crime, helping the education system and many other important things. Voting is a very important right as a united state citizen and people consider it as a tradition like watching their kids vote for the first time. And as for those who just became citizens, they have a voice or say to what happens in our country. Voting is the only way citizens can change our society by choosing the right person for the job when there is a lot to be done. Some states have new policies on restoring voting rights to felons and some of these policies has some effects on governor campaigns. A great number of felons are still not allowed to vote because of their felony convictions, still being in prison and some others are still under probation or parole. People feel allowing convicts to vote would be a bad idea because they might vote only for those who would do more harm than good to the community. There are no federal laws that automatically takes away felon’s rights to vote each state law is different. Some sates felons lose the right to vote when they are in prison but automatically get it back when they get out. Other states felons can still vote in jail but depending on their crimes. For example, felons convicted of murder or rape lose the right to vote indefinitely. Some felons pay a hefty fine to immediately get their right to vote back. Supporters say there is instance given that people in jail for a misdemeanor conviction, awaiting trial but not convicted or in jail as a condition of trial are eligible to vote.
People can change is what I think and so I feel convicted felons should be allowed to vote after a period and conditions met. For example, within a time frame of 4 years and official serves in office. Doing community service work with no crimes committed within the 4 years giving. “Recidivism among felons is extremely high. The U.S. Justice Department reports that over two-thirds of released prisoners are rearrested within three years; three-quarters are rearrested within five years.” With all these conditions met a felon can then be allowed to gain the right to vote once again as a regular citizen of the united states. A prisoner’s rehabilitation is a safe, responsible and productive member of society must include the most basic right of freedom process. Like the right to choose who governs them. Voting can also be contributing to society or seen as trying to be a good citizen. Giving felons back their voting rights helps them rebuild their value of the law and strengthen their participation in society. Even felons can contribute when given the chance to prove themselves again. The Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prevents excessive sanctions and calls for punishment that fits the crime, this is what supporters of restoring voting rights to ex-felon’s feel is right and Permanently excluding ex-felons from voting would go against this amendment. Also, felons have payed their dues to society by doing time in prison, so they need to readjust to a new life and this might be a first step to gaining confidence that they are trusted. Making felons not able to vote would be the same as punishing them twice for the same crime which is unjust. Besides the number of convicted felons is very large number to be ignored and not able4 to vote on what happens in the country. Just because someone did a minor crime doesn’t mean they should not be allowed to vote. Felons are still affected by laws made by Politicians. Since they are still a part of our democratic society, it would be wrong to take away the choice to pick the people affecting them.
Haven said all that those who commit a more serious crime should not be allowed to vote ever again. Having this felon be able to vote again would cause more harm than good as to who is elected to represent good citizens. Their crimes are very disturbing, and no one would be willing to let them vote ever again. These individuals who have intentionally broken the law, the right to help decide, through the ballot box, what those laws should be and how they should be enforced don’t deserve the right to vote. No showing of rehabilitation needed.
Another issue on felons being able to vote is race. The largest population of convicts is black middle age men. “According to the Washington pos one in five African Americans are affected by felon disenfranchisement laws.” This has a higher percentage than any other race in the same laws and same states which creates an unevenness at the ballot box. This causes discrimination against minorities specifically when they have a chance to change the outcome of the election.