Why Do Felons Lose The Right To Vote

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Taijai Nigel Alexander 10/1/2012 Government Millions of Americans lose the right to vote due to a felony they have committed in their past. While majority of the Americans completed their sentence already, they still cannot vote. In certain states felons lose their voting rights permanently, while in other states felons can get those rights back after they complete their sentence. Felon disenfranchisement is the inability to vote after you have committed a felony. Felon Disenfranchisement impacts society by limiting the amount of possible state votes, heavily impacted in the black community, and discontinues voting rights in some states. Felon disenfranchisement limits representation for possible election votes which impacts the final…show more content…
The Sentencing Project tells us “Offenders may lose the right to vote, to serve jury, or to hold public office among civil disabilities that may continue long after a criminal sentence has been served” (The Sentencing Project. Losing the Vote). Some states permanently provoke felons from voting in their respective states. Other states do allow you to finish certain aspect of your sentence to regain voting rights. Not only are voting rights taken but other thing like serving in juries, felons cannot participate in due to their incarceration even if the crime is petty. The Sentencing project says “Most states disenfranchisement laws provide that conviction of any felony or crime that is punishable with imprisonment is a basis for losing voting rights” (The Sentencing Project. Losing the Vote). So just that fact that someone has stolen something like candy out of a store they have to lose their right to vote under that states specific law. Felon Disenfranchisement laws impacts society because it discontinues voting rights for felons and always hinder a voice for the minority races due to the number of incarcerated minority…show more content…
Felon disenfranchisement heavily impacts black men in America and it discontinues the right to vote for felons who has completed their sentence. Felon Disenfranchisement laws impacts society because it discontinues voting rights for felons and always hinder a voice for the minority races due to the number of incarcerated minority felons. Felons could have the luxury to vote if laws were based on federal regulation, but the fact that states control how they punish their felons, their chances to vote will remain slim to
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