~Prisoners Voting~

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    Do you think prisoners should be given the right to vote??
    I read an article where they were going to start letting prisoners in the UK vote.
    Do you think it will hit the USA??
    What are your thoughts??
     
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    No.
    Voting is a priviledge.
     
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    in this country, if you are convicted of a felony, you lose the right to vote. that seems appropriate. i think after a certain amount of time, they can petition to have their vote reinstated.
     
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    No the hell it is not.
    Voting is a RIGHT!
    However, you cede certain rights when you commit crimes against others. No, while incarcerated, prisoners should not have the right to vote. Once the debt is paid and they are free, then they should get that right returned.
     
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    So disenfranchising blacks would be okay, since voting is a privilege and not a right?
     
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    Depends where you live. In some places, it's automatic.
     
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    Are y'all serious? Prisoners can't vote?? Society needs prisoners. People look down on prisoners but really what makes us better than them? I've done two stints in prison and one in juvy and you know what? Who cares. I've made mistakes but I should still be allowed to vote and I don't appreciate y'all mugwumps and hinyegers acting all high and mighty.
     
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    I think the UK is in a position where they are just afraid to say no to anyone, that country is right on the brink of allowing Shariah law anyways. I think once prisoners do their time they should be allowed to vote but not when they are still behind bars.
     
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    Clearly Betsy Hamilton up here has never been to prison. His mum and pup paid his way free
     
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    While incarcerated and convicted of a felony, no. Once released from prison they should have the right reinstated. I have a problem with people paying taxes and not being able to vote for the people who levy those taxes. Wasn't that part of what we fought the Brits for?

    The problem with having inmates (incarcerated offenders) vote is that the locality where they are located would have their local elections influenced unduly by convicts. Some of these areas are lightly populated and therefore the politicians would have to go to the prison and lobby them for votes. This could lead to some interesting local ordinances.
     
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