All people are entitled to human rights. From the day that they were born until the moment they die, they have these rights, and all nations acknowledge this. For some specific instances, some of these rights can be revoked. Situations like being imprisoned due to an offense can remove some certain human rights to a person, such as rights to privacy and the right to vote.
So, can a felon vote? Do they still retain this right after imprisonment? Do they still have the right to vote for whatever candidate they want?
A Moral Right As A Citizen
It is a known fact that although these people have done something wrong in the eyes of the law of man, they too are a citizen of the said country. Being a citizen, it is a moral obligation to vote for a fitting candidate of your choosing for the said public office. If we look at this from a moral standpoint, convicts are eligible to vote, no matter the crime they’ve committed.
Even though they are convicts, they still have the right to let their voices be heard for the future of the country. They may be behind bars, but if we look closely at how many convicts there are, they can contribute to a large percentage of the overall voters.
A Right Revoked For Punishment
Now, if we look at it on the other side of the spectrum, we can say that taking this right among others is a befitting and just punishment. Of course, if you ever should break the law, you should know the consequences of your actions.
The reason for imprisoning a felon is to devoid them of the freedom that they had forfeited before they comitted the crime. Imprisonments are isolating them from the civilian populace as a punishment. Incarceration will also make them reflect on the acts that they have committed and to correct their wrong ways as well.
Laws Regarding Disenfranchisement
Nowadays, several countries enable felons to vote even when they are still serving their prison time. Other countries have much stricter laws regarding this and do not permit any criminal to vote while in jail. Certain countries and some states in the US allow convicts to vote once again after serving their jail time. Though they can be able to vote once again, there are some conditions to follow first and things to process before this happens.
Voting is one of those things that should be given to every citizen by the right of the law. There are still some mixed reactions when it comes to letting prisoners vote. Some want them to retain this right, and others don’t. In the end, it is still up to the law of the land if they’re going to permit the convicts to vote or not.
It may be a moral obligation, or a just punishment was given to those who did wrong, letting a felon vote is a bit of a fickle issue to discuss. So, how about you? Do you think it is right for them to vote? Or is it just befitting for them to get that right revoked?