Should Past Felons Be Allowed to Vote?

Posted by on January 18, 2012

In South Carolina, during Monday’s Republican debate, candidates argued on whether citizens that have convicted of felony’s should be allowed to vote. The main argument being that felons who have completed their sentence should be allowed to regain their voting privileges. Several opinions were expressed during the debate.

“This is a huge deal in the African-American community, because we have very high rates of incarceration, particularly with drug crimes,” he said.

Mitt Romney said as governor of Massachusetts, he disagreed: “I think people who committed violent crimes should not be allowed to vote again.”

Currently twenty-three states have changed their voting restrictions since 1997, easing up on those with past felony convictions. A few states do not agree and have tightened their laws on criminal convictions. Some of these states include Florida and Iowa.

What do you think? Should people who committed felonies be allowed to vote after serving their sentences?

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