The Sentencing Project argues the racially disparate impact of taking away felons' voting rights is just one more reason it is bad policy. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took major heat for issuing a mass restoration order for voting rights to felons in his state. But he argued the policy of disenfranchising prisoners was just a vestige of the state’s Jim Crow laws, purposely aimed at suppressing the Black vote.
But for many people, disenfranchisement is a just part of the punishment for committing crimes. If voting was important to you, you shouldn't have broken the law.
Some think once criminal offenders have served their time, they should have their rights restored. But in an impassioned editorial for the Washington Post, a Yale law professor argues it's wrong for us to take away the voting rights of people in prison.
In a democracy, felon enfranchisement should not be a partisan issue. Both Republicans and Democrats ought to be held to account for their crimes by a government whose actions they can own. We should give the vote to citizens, in or out of prison, whom we wish to hold responsible for violating laws that are not just ours but also theirs.
They are still citizens. They still pay taxes.
taxation without representation is why America fought a revolution 4 independence, if felons cant vote they shouldnt pay taxes