Not letting ex-felons votein my opinion is unfair and undemocratic. A recent study done byChristopher Uggen, a professor from the university of Minnesota showed that 60%of students favor restoring voting rights to people who have exitedprison and are now on parole in the community, 68% endorse voting rights for people under supervisedprobation in the community and 31%of students support people currently in prison to vote.
A high percentage of Americansfavor voting rights for probationers who are serving their sentence in theircommunities, also prisoners that are on parole. As seen in the study many Americansdote on giving the voting rights back to ex-felons. While felons should show rehabilitation (living crime-free) during awaiting period after their sentence, felons should be able to vote afterserving their sentence because it inhibits democratic values. Voters shouldconsider the second chance to someone who has made a mistake in life, they haveserved their time and are going to reenter society. If the felon has finished the terms onhis/her parole, they should be able to become a regular citizen again, justbecause they are felons does not mean that they do not care about who getselected. One very important point I would like to say is that if a felon doesnot want to be part of the society than he or she does not have to vote. “Restoring the right to votehelps reintegrate people with criminal records into society and by increasingvoter participation, strengthens democracy.
Voting is integral to the fabric ofour democracy — permanently disenfranchised Americans can hardly feel a partof the process. Restoration of voting rights helps people with criminal recordsbecome productive members of society and strengthens our institutions byincreasing participation in the democratic process.” (The Brennan Center for Justice,stated in the Oct. 2006 policy brief).
Allowing felons to vote provides a more representativepublic opinion as it’s inclusive of all vote and to take this away from someonebecause of their past violates their basic human rights. The United States hasoften boasted about how they operate in accordance with people’s basic humanrights—taking voting rights away from felons violates this. Regardless of thefact that people can change, a felony does not warrant taking away the right tovote. The amendment passed on September 25, 1789 is the section ofthe Bill of Rights that states that punishments must be fair, cannot be cruel,and that fines that are extraordinarily large cannot be set. “The EighthAmendment ‘succinctly prohibits ‘excessive’ sanctions,’ and demands that’punishment for crime should be graduated and proportioned to the offense’..
.Thus, the states that continue to exclude all felons permanently are outliers,both within the United States and in the world.” (Karlan).