Black People : Should incarcerated felons be allowed to vote?

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  1. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    In the state of Washington where I live, they tossed out a law that would ban incarcerated felons from voting, because the criminal-justice system is "infected" with racism.

    You can read more about it here.

    Should incarcerated felons be allowed to vote, and why or why not?

     
  2. medusanegrita

    medusanegrita Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Let me be clear about something.

    I spoke on the same subjected and was corrected. Incarcerated (meaning currently jailed or in prison) felons can not vote. True.

    They can not vote while they are on papers (probation or parole).

    But once they are off papers, and are not in jail or prison anymore, they can vote. That I'm sure of.

    However, they can't have a felony. I think, if you have a felony, you can't vote. But I'm not sure about this.

    Yes, they should have voting booths in prisons and jails at election time so that criminals and felons can vote. I see no reason to take away someone's voting rights because he's in jail. Felons are a disenfranchised and exploited group, and that worries me. I believe that felons have rights... or should have rights. Many of those who votes are being denied are black people. We represent a large portion of the incarcerated individuals I hear/read. It's a way to lessen our voting block.

    What are the arguments given for denying a criminal the right to vote?
     
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    Hmmm. Good question.

    However, I think my main concern would be that some would use this to their advantage.

    What would stop local politicians seeking office or re-election from using pay-offs and their political clout to threaten prison officials/wardens, etc..?

    What would stop prison wardens and guards from forcing the inmates to vote as they are told under duress of physical beatings and bribes and solitary confinement, harassment, or taking away whatever possessions they have?

    I think I am less concerned about incarcerated FELONS having the right to vote than I am with their KEEPERS' possible corrupted exploitation of the felons.

    So, if "Big Brother" so magnanimously gives them the Right To Vote, then WHO's gonna WATCH "Big Brother?"
    :?:
     
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    Yes!​
     
  5. MsInterpret

    MsInterpret Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I agree with you Sis. CB....

    Some are also saying that some Felons are not mentally competent to vote also.

    But then again, there are free citizens who aren't "mentally competent" to vote and are voting :SuN049:

     
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    I am starting to wonder how many free folks should be allowed to vote, since so many of us vote for local public officials, like local judges, ombudsmen, assemblymen, and state senators

    that we don't now squat about

    until we get to the election booth and see the fliers their minions pass out.
     
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    cherryblossom Banned MEMBER

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    TRUE....so TRUE.


    It's my personal opinion that everybody who voted for Bush's 2nd term had a "moment" of mental incapacity. LOL!
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    I would say yes they are still humans and citizens
     
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    part of the punishment

    hey, i thought people who voted bush in the second time around were lapsing in mental competence, too; then during the obama campaign, when obama had 55+ million, per month, to spend on his campaign, and i saw the ads in craiglist for people looking for a free car donated to them, so they could volunteer to work for him, then i knew it was crazy.

    Part of the punishment inflicted for committing a felony is the loss of certain rights as a citizen, and the appending of some freedoms, enjoyed by law abiding citizens...the right to vote is one of them.

    and rightly so. If your right to vote is suddenly of paramount importance to you as a person, then let the denial thereof serve as a deterrent to committing crimes.
     
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    You are ridiculous!
     
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