This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Felons Should Be Able To Vote

886 words - 4 pages

They did their time, paid their fines, and stood in voter registration lines only to be denied. These American citizens, who are also felons, are being denied the right to vote due to disenfranchisement laws. In the United States, “Two states, Vermont and Maine, allow convicted felons to vote while in prison. Nine states permanently restrict certain felons from voting (until and if granted the state governor's pardon) even if those people have served their prison sentence, parole, probation, and paid all fines. The remaining 36 states fall somewhere in between,” (, 2009). Felons should have the right to vote, as they have paid or are paying their debt to society, and the ...view middle of the document...

In a case study Katsuki James Otsuka, et al., filed a Class Action suit against the California Registrar of Voters, Benjamin S. Hite, etc., for refusing to register them to vote due to their prior convictions as conscientious objectors. The refusal to register the plaintiffs to vote was based on California's constitution barring voters convicted of "infamous crimes." The California Superior Court ruled that Otsuka et al. should be permitted to register to vote, and that California's list of "infamous crimes" was too broad, and should be narrowed to "moral corruption and dishonesty." As a result of this case, all California counties attempted to bar from voting only those convicted of "moral corruption and dishonesty" (Otsuka v. Hite California Superior Court, 64 Cal. 2d 594. May 24, 1966.). In this case, the disenfranchisement is considered on a case-by-case basis, which is one possible alternative to a blanket law for all felons.
Obviously, not all agree that felons should be able to vote. The opposition states, "Individuals who have shown they are unwilling to follow the law cannot claim the right to make laws for the rest of us. We don't let everyone vote, not children, for instance, or noncitizens, or the mentally incompetent. We have certain minimum standards of trustworthiness before we let people participate in the serious business of self-government, and people who commit serious crimes don't meet those standards." (Clegg, 2004).
While this is a valid point, it is up to us as voting members of society to set these standards according to our best estimation of a democracy. In the 2008 Senate race with...

Other Papers Like Felons Should Be Able to Vote

Parents Should Be Allowed to Lie to Their Children

992 words - 4 pages Name Professor PHI 102 20 February 2016 The question that crosses our minds time and time again is whether or not parents should always tell their children the truth. We must first ask ourselves the definition of truth. Truth in this case will be defined as that which is in accordance with fact or reality.In discussing the reality of situations with children, each case differs. Christians have been celebrating the birth of their lord and

Should The Voting Age Be Lowered To 16?

1060 words - 5 pages hand how can the youth of Canada who have their individual opinions and beliefs be able to make a difference in society without having the right to vote? I strongly believe that lowering the voting age will interest youth to further participate in politics and they will have an effect on the course of their future.In today's world, sixteen year olds are more mature and responsible than ever. Taking into consideration the amount of responsibility

Through The Theme Of Innocence Salinger Is Able To Bring Forth Different Elements Of Litterature Which Will Be Discussed In This Essay

1228 words - 5 pages . Holden finds the hypocrisy and the ugliness of the world around him unbearable. Through this cynicism, Holden tries to protect himself from the "phoniness" of the adult world. But these criticisms seemed to be aimed at him as well. At times he can be both very phony and superficial. This shows his incapability of hiding from the adult world. Holden can admit to his flaw, the immaturity. He admits to sometimes acting like a 12-year old, although

Should the Drinking Age Be Lowered to 18?

1640 words - 7 pages deserve a privilege when they return. Because they can go fight in a war at 18, they should be able to enjoy a beer. Not only are the individuals in the army fighting to lower the drinking age, but many other people who are not in the armed forces are as well. It should be in the rights Americans get when they reach 18 years old. According to article, “The Minimum Drinking Age Should Be Lowered” when an individual l reaches the age of 18 years

Should Public Sector Employees Be Allowed to Strike

4461 words - 18 pages outside arbitrator. When that happens the result is binding and imposed on both sides, or the arbitrator can simply give advice on what to do. It is only after all those conditions have been exhausted that public sector employees should even think about striking. Public employees should have the right to strike, but only as a last possible resort. Yes they need to be able to properly negotiate, and having the ability to walk out is part of that

Should We Be Allowed To Break The Law

671 words - 3 pages Should we be allowed to break the law? By: John Smith For: Date: September 14, 2013 Philosophers, scholars, activists and judiciary officials, among others, have often concerned themselves with whether or not breaking the law can be justified. Some questions through which this query has been posed include, Should people be allowed to break the law? Should individuals be able to ignore the laws in which they do not believe

Should the Warehousing Function Be Outsourced to 3rd Party Logistics

2559 words - 11 pages Should the warehousing function be outsourced to 3rd party logistics? Justify your decision. Contents Introduction 3 1. Industry Trends 1.1 Global Business Communication 4 1.2 Just In Time 4 1.3 Technology Innovation 4 2. 3PL Concept. Why the Need for Outsourcing 2.1 Focus on Core Competency 5 2.2 Proven Track Record? 5 3. Solutions

Should College Students Be Allowed to Get Married

722 words - 3 pages Should College Students Be Allowed To Get Married I remember it clearly that six or seven years ago, there was a fierce debate on the controversial topic of whether college students are allowed to get married during their college years. It was to a great extent the result of a front-page affair depicting two excellent college students who got married and soon divorced from each other. Generally, there are two standpoints on this

To What Extent Should Curzon Be Seen as a Failure

1556 words - 7 pages ‘To what extent should Curzon be shown as a failure’? Curzon’s journey as viceroy began on the 31st December 1898, when he arrived in Calcutta. Curzon differed from previous viceroys, as he was not reluctant to play the position of viceroy in India, but was actually eager to partake in this opportunity. Many factors contributed to his eager attitude to becoming viceroy, like the fact that he had always been interested in Indian history and

Should All University Students Be Required to Attend Classes?

620 words - 3 pages Trần Thị Mộng Trinh Topic: Should all university students be required to attend classes? The extent to what level of efficiency modern education system could perform in teaching students is always a heatedly debated topic. Among many suggestions that could improve learning efficiency, the necessity of attending classes has been argued frequently in recent years. Some people claim that attending classes is a must to students. Other

Should Class Attendance Be Optional To University Students?

1405 words - 6 pages , requires that college student must attend class regularly enough or their exam papers will be extracted some attendance points (that usually count for about 15 or 20 percent of the total grade evaluation). In my opinion, this policy is useless and burdensome to many people involved. University students should be free in choosing which classes to attend. Mandatory attendance policy does not really enhance students' school performance as

Related Essays

A Business Owner Should Not Be Able To Hire Or Fire Anyone Without Interference From The Government

802 words - 4 pages A Business Owner Should Not be Able To Hire Or Fire Anyone Without Interference From The Government Byron E. Hercules Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University   Abstract The recent economic downturn has forced many industries to change the way in which they do business in order to survive. Managers must find ways in which in to motivate their employees to overcome their employees natural resistance to change. Mangers must find ways to

Should Pr Be Introduced To Westminster?

1211 words - 5 pages vote straight for a clear set of policies. To conclude, I believe that PR should not be introduced to Westminster since it can potentially give a route for extremists to get into the political mainstream and implement policies that would not benefit our society. It is possible for PR to produce weak governments which would then lead to indecision so the service the people want from their government would not be given to them due to their

Should Homosexuals Be Allowed To Marry?

1125 words - 5 pages Should Homosexuals be Able to Marry? Pamela Savage Informal Logic PHI 103 Professor Hacker November 18, 2013 Should Homosexuals be Able to Marry? I. Introduction Marriage is a social contract between two people. People marry because it is the ultimate expression of love for another. Marriage is a vow that says "I love you so much that I want to live the rest of my life with you. I want to share the ups and downs, forsake all

Should Vaccination Be Given To Children

1222 words - 5 pages Should a child be vaccinated? Should a child be vaccinated? Paul Kim Period 8 There is nothing worse than seeing an adolescent life being taken away from a dangerous disease. It is really painful knowing that person will never get to live to see their full potential and experience life. Diseases cause many deaths every year, it is inevitable. Bacteria are contained in every disease and one way it is absorbed is by being inhaled by the