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While laws vary from state-to-state, only Maine and Vermont allow incarcerated people to vote while in prison. Other states restrict voting—and in 10 states, felons can actually lose their voting rights for life. Critics say people who break the law lose the right to participate in our political process. But others argue mass incarceration and longer sentences disenfranchise more than 6 million Americans and disproportionately impact African-Americans. Do felons deserve voting rights? 🗳️

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The Sentencing Project argues the racially disparate impact of taking away felons' voting rights is just one more reason it's bad policy. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe took major heat for issuing a mass restoration order for voting rights to felons in his state, calling the policy a vestige of the state’s Jim Crow lawspurposely aimed at disenfranchising the black vote.

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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.

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Some think once criminal offenders have served their time, they should have their rights restored. But in an impassioned editorial in 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.'s
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They are still citizens. They still pay taxes.

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But for many people "felon enfranchisement" is just another term for soft on crime.

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Conservatives frequently charge the left with wanting to enfranchise former prisoners just so they can win elections.

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And some are angry that restoring felons' voting rights is even on the table. 

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