|Banning felons from voting.
||[Oct. 31st, 2004|01:37 am]
The Question Club
What are your thoughts? Should any crimes remove the right to vote, and if so what ones?|
I think a few crimes do merit loss of voting rights(with possiblity of a gubernatorial dispensation for state level, and presidential for federal).
They are treason, espionage, felony voting fraud, and immigration fraud severe enough your citizenship would be revoked. In the first two, you've shown a motivation to essentially destroy or severely damage the national security of the United States. Its not a "maybe he would" but "he actually tried to". Those people I don't feel should be trusted with voting, even if they haven't indicated a propensity for voting hijinks specifically. Voting fraud is obvious- you've actually attempted to influence the election via more than persuasion and your own single vote. Immigration fraud- well if its so severe they revoke your citizenship, then you shouldn't have the right to vote in the first place.
Any other crimes, I don't think its fair to pull the right to vote. No overwhelming threat to the sanctity of the elections letting a murderer or rapist vote, even though their crimes are rather horrible.