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Should Criminals Have The Right To Vote? | In a landmark decision, the High Court upheld the fundamental human right to vote, finding that the Howard Government had acted unlawfully and unconstitutionally in imposing a blanket ban denying prisoners the vote ... more on the Australian Libertarian Society Blog.

Does the same apply here, in the United States of America?

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With the USA Prison Population Currently 3+ Million --- That could make or break an election outcome?!

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asked Aug 24 '10 at 21:26

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edited Aug 24 '10 at 22:53

He lost one of his friends. See the tears? Wait, how did I know that!? Maybe I watch "history channel" to much... :)

(Aug 24 '10 at 21:42) Madison Tries Madison%20Tries's gravatar image

Teardrop tattoo | is a symbolic tattoo that is placed underneath the eye. The tattoo has several connotations. Teardrop tattoos usually signify the loss of a friend or loved one. The different kinds and their meanings are:

A filled tear signifies that a loved one has been killed or that the bearer has unsuccessfully attempted murder .[1]

An empty tattoo signifies that they killed a person How many lives they have taken.

A tear with an empty top and a full bottom means that the wearer has avenged the murder of a loved one.(unsuccessfully or successfully)[citation needed]

A tear with no filling also means that a person or individual has done at least a year of time in prison or county jail.[citation needed]

The majority of the 'tear tattoos' seen in popular culture today, however, signify that the wearer has killed. The number of tears usually represents the number of killings, although that was not the original meaning of tear tattoos.[1]

It is a tattoo that is almost always associated with prison tattoos and membership in a gang. Tear tattoos, when given in prison, are primarily to indicate that the bearer has murdered someone, either in or out of jail.[1][2][3] The tattoo can also be given to commemorate a loved one who died while the wearer was incarcerated.[2] Also a teardrop can be given for every five straight years of hard time a person has done in prison.

(Aug 24 '10 at 22:41) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

as for your "Incarcerated Americans" graph, that doesn't take into account that US population has drastically increased since the 1920's...so OBVIOUSLY the amount of prisoners is also going to rise. US Population started to skyrocket in the 80's and that just so happens when the prisoner amount started to increase a lot too. I don't the amount per capita really increased. Im sure close to the same PERCENTAGE of people to be incarcerated is virtual the same...if not lower. Do you get what I'm saying?

(Aug 24 '10 at 22:53) Phoenix7 Phoenix7's gravatar image

Who do you think is going to get the Criminal Population Votes during election times? --- Frightening Thoughts!!!

(Aug 25 '10 at 15:14) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

Yes I think they should, the only people I would say no to maybe, is the max security prisoners. Even though they committed crimes they are still under the US Government which still determines how they live their lives in the US.

answered Aug 24 '10 at 21:28

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I absolute think that they should have that right. What defines you as a criminal? If you break the law? In which case, if you speed...or download a music file off limewire, you lose your voting right. Voting, in a democratic government, is a right..not a privilege. Therefore, in my opinion, it should not be taken away.

What if the "criminal" was incarcerated during the election, but then when the election was over, was released? The person who was elected is now governing over that person, who is now a free US citizen. But that US citizen had absolutely no say in it. The whole point of elections is to have the general population choose someone that they want to represent them. If this person wasn't allowed to vote, someone would be representing this person, without that person's say. Now, that sound neither liberal nor democratic. That sounds communist in fact. So yes, they should have the right to vote.

answered Aug 24 '10 at 22:49

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edited Aug 27 '10 at 19:44

Personally I think as long as their crimes weren't killing/torturing/beaten up/kidnapping people or animals they can vote or if they ware mentally unstable.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 15:12

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Who will the Gangstas, Drug Dealers, Pimps ... going to vote for?!?

(Aug 27 '10 at 15:51) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

You don't want me to answer that :p

(Aug 27 '10 at 15:54) Elyne Elyne's gravatar image

BRAVO! Good answer!!

(Aug 27 '10 at 15:55) r0bErT4u r0bErT4u's gravatar image

I think they should be able to if they are mentally secure. If they are "crazy" I would say no. But that may lead to some problems.

answered Aug 24 '10 at 21:43

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Madison Tries

edited Aug 24 '10 at 21:45

I think that really depends on what the crime that they committed was. If they robbed a bank, killed someone, etc then no. But if they just got in a barroom brawl or something like that, then yes.

answered Aug 24 '10 at 21:47

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Mark Devens

As long as they aren't mentally unstable. As long as a person who is in their right mind, they are entitled to vote in this country, as they are still US Citizens.

answered Aug 27 '10 at 00:15

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