Should the homeless be allowed to vote?

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    Do you think homeless people should be allowed to vote?

    My understanding is that currently they can't register, which means they can't vote. Do you think this is fair? Why?
     
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    this is a difficult question to answer.

    Personally I think they shouldn't be allowed to vote. They aren't contributing members of society. They hold no job to speak of and clearly do not pay taxes so IMO they should not have a vote.

    However, they are US citizens, many veterans who have served this country honorably so in that respect they should be entitled to a vote but they should also contribute to the communities that they live in...
     
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    I think they should. Being homeless shouldn't remove the rights that everyone else enjoys.
     
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    thats the key right there
     
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    Interesting question....

    IMHO voting should require proof of citizenship and place of residence... to show that you are qualified to vote in MD, for example, you need to show you actually indeed are a US and MD citizen.... if the homeless can show that, then by ALL MEANS let them vote... if not, then they don't meet voting criteria...

    Without proof of who you are and what citizenry you have, there is too much room for corruption.. as we see with some organizations bussing homeless to key areas to vote.. or with some student organizations taking advantage of no-ID voter areas and going there to vote...

    Any resident citizen should be allowed to vote... I know that there is a homeless shelter in the next town north of me that allows those who stay there to use that as a place of record/residence for people to register to vote... but I don't think that is common practice... and i really don't know if even that could be opened up for fraud
     
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    DD, do you really think there are enough homeless people in the country to throw an election? If that's true, we have bigger things to worry about.
     
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    They do pay sales tax.
     
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    Wow! All I can say to this one is Wow! :eusa_eh:

    Overview of Homelessness - Homeless Veterans
     
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    Ravi.. the loophole makes it more open for corruption... whack-job activists can claim to be homeless and vote numerous times in a closely contested area... and we're not just talking presidential election here... but in local elections where it is small numbers of votes determining the winner...
     
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    So do tourists from Equador... does not mean they should vote, does it?
     

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