Should people convicted of felonies ever be allowed to vote?
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George Adam, Paisley’s Member of the Scottish Parliament, today [26/01/12] spoke on the issue of 16 and 17 year olds getting the right to vote. Speaking during Themed Questions on Education and Lifelong Learning, George made the point that if 16 and 17 year old are being taught about civic Scotland, then they should be allowed to take part in it and get the chance to vote.
— Should people convicted of felonies ever be allowed to vote?
After the themed questions, George said, “I make no apologies for putting my long held belief forward that 16 and 17 year olds should get to vote. While Labour, Tory and Lib Dem MSPs and indeed MPs chose to talk down this belief, I must remind them that in the not so distant past, many of them have signed up to and supported the campaign, Vote16.
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Yes, I feel felons should be allowed to vote because just to have broken the law before doesn’t mean that after you have served your time that you shouldn’t be able to give your opinion on how things are to be run in the country that you live in.
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People that have been convicted of a crime should still be able to vote. They abused their rights of freedom and lost those rights, but they should still be able to vote. I don’t think it’s fair to strip there vote because the check was bad. What if that check was expired and they didn’t know. Yes they should they did their time and now it’s over people will remember but that part is over. Racism it still happens today, people hating on blacks. Black people weren’t able to vote for a long time and now they can but some states prohibit blacks from voting for a new governor and other positions.
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Although voting IS an American right, I do not think felons should be allowed to vote after they have served their time. Americans have more freedom than many other countries, and along with that freedom comes great priveleges. To keep citizens from taking advantageof their freedoms and priveleges, America MUST have laws. All Americans are expected to obey them, recieving priveleges in return. If you obey the law, you can own a beautiful home and live comfortably with your family. You can attend school, work, and as many activities as you want. If you disobey the law, a majority of your time will be spent in a jail cell, away from your family and friends. When felons have served their time, who’s to say they won’t commit a felony again? If you reward them with their voting privelege again, who’s to say that that re-gained freedom will keep them from disobeying the law? Why reward them for serving their time, when they might commit a felony again? I believe that once you break the law, you have disobeyed your country and don’t deserve the full priveleges that you have taken for granted.