Should Felons Be Allowed to Vote

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Breanna Ellison English 150 11 February 2014 Should Felons Permanently Forfeit Their Right to Vote? Our country was founded on democracy; it is what sets us apart as a nation. How can we consider ourselves a true democracy when we don’t let certain members of our society have the right to vote and participate in that democracy? The answer is that we simply cannot. I believe that convicted felons should be allowed to vote upon release from prison because they exercise good judgment: in addition, withholding their rights to vote would be a violation of the United States Voting Rights act of 1965 and the eighth amendment of the Constitution. I think that some, but not all ex-convicts should be allowed to reinstate their voting rights. This should be judged on a case by case basis according to the crime they committed. Also, it should be based on the magnitude and severity of their crime. At the very least, they should attend and complete a special designed program, go through a waiting period, and take a drug-screened testing regularly before they get their privileges restored. A felon is a person who has been convicted of a felony, which is a crime punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison. A felony is a crime sufficiently serious to be punishable by death or a term in state or federal prison, as distinguished from a misdemeanor which is only punishable by court, local jail or a fine ( Some various felony activities include murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault or battery, tax evasion, grand larceny, perjury, child pornography, arson, threatening an official, and many many more. All felonies can be classified into two groups which are violent and non-violent but the classifications of felonies differ by state because of different laws. In some states, all or most felonies are placed into one of various classes according

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