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Does the same apply here, in the United States of America?
With the USA Prison Population Currently 3+ Million --- That could make or break an election outcome?!
Answer by boba0420 · Aug 24, 2010 at 10:28 PM
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.
Answer by Phoenix7 · Aug 24, 2010 at 11:49 PM
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.