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June 13th, 2010, 03:11 PM
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Or, alternatively, should there be avenues available for them to earn back this right?
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June 13th, 2010, 03:51 PM
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According to this site, they can vote from prison in my state.
State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org
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June 13th, 2010, 07:08 PM
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I thought they could still vote....
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June 14th, 2010, 09:01 AM
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There are a lot of differences in states

State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org

This site breaks it down.

I know in FL they convict can petition to have their rights restored.

OP- yes in certain circumstances a rehabilitated felon should be able to once again become a productive member of society- including voting rights.
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June 14th, 2010, 09:38 AM
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I don't think they should have them taken away in the first place, so yes, in states where they do not have them, I think they should get them restored eventually.
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June 14th, 2010, 09:53 AM
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There are a lot of differences in states

State Felon Voting Laws - Felon Voting - ProCon.org

This site breaks it down.

I know in FL they convict can petition to have their rights restored.

OP- yes in certain circumstances a rehabilitated felon should be able to once again become a productive member of society- including voting rights.
I already posted that link above
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June 14th, 2010, 10:02 AM
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I don't see why they had their voting rights taken away from them in the first place.
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June 14th, 2010, 01:43 PM
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Nah. I think we should do everything in our power to make convicted felons feel as outside of society as possible. It should be illegal for them to vote, work, and own property, and they should have to wear clothing that marks them as convicts - I propose a large red C on their chests. OH, and they should have to carry papers with them where ever they go that clearly state they are on parole and what their crime was. I see no reason why, once released from prison after having served their time, we should give these people the basic rights associated with being an American citizen.




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June 14th, 2010, 04:59 PM
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Nah. I think we should do everything in our power to make convicted felons feel as outside of society as possible. It should be illegal for them to vote, work, and own property, and they should have to wear clothing that marks them as convicts - I propose a large red C on their chests. OH, and they should have to carry papers with them where ever they go that clearly state they are on parole and what their crime was. I see no reason why, once released from prison after having served their time, we should give these people the basic rights associated with being an American citizen.




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June 14th, 2010, 06:54 PM
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Yes I think they should be able to earn that right back, in all honesty I don't think that right should be taken away in the first place...

I know there are some avenues they can go through after a certain time period to get that right back. I just don't feel like doing a search on it at this time...

A good friend a mine that I was in college with dealt with this issue. He was in his late 40's at the time, but when he was 19 had gotten into some trouble, with drugs If I recall correctly, and gotten a felony. He had learned his lesson, turned his life around and was quite the example to others of how you can mess up but still make a change and do good. In his 40's he was still struggling with trying to have his right to vote restored, he finally got it but it took him 20+years....
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