Not in the community and 31% of students support

Not letting ex-felons vote
in my opinion is unfair and undemocratic.  A recent study done by
Christopher Uggen, a professor from the university of Minnesota showed that 60%
of students favor restoring voting rights to people who have exited
prison and are now on parole in the community, 68% endorse voting rights for people under supervised
probation in the community and 31%
of students support people currently in prison to vote. A high percentage of Americans
favor voting rights for probationers who are serving their sentence in their
communities, also prisoners that are on parole. As seen in the study many Americans
dote on giving the voting rights back to ex-felons.

            While felons should show rehabilitation (living crime-free) during a
waiting period after their sentence, felons should be able to vote after
serving their sentence because it inhibits democratic values. Voters should
consider the second chance to someone who has made a mistake in life, they have
served their time and are going to reenter society. If the felon has finished the terms on
his/her parole, they should be able to become a regular citizen again, just
because they are felons does not mean that they do not care about who gets
elected. One very important point I would like to say is that if a felon does
not want to be part of the society than he or she does not have to vote. “Restoring the right to vote
helps reintegrate people with criminal records into society and by increasing
voter participation, strengthens democracy. Voting is integral to the fabric of
our democracy — permanently disenfranchised Americans can hardly feel a part
of the process. Restoration of voting rights helps people with criminal records
become productive members of society and strengthens our institutions by
increasing participation in the democratic process.” (The Brennan Center for Justice,
stated in the Oct. 2006 policy brief).

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Allowing felons to vote provides a more representative
public opinion as it’s inclusive of all vote and to take this away from someone
because of their past violates their basic human rights. The United States has
often boasted about how they operate in accordance with people’s basic human
rights—taking voting rights away from felons violates this. Regardless of the
fact that people can change, a felony does not warrant taking away the right to
vote.  The amendment passed on September 25, 1789 is the section of
the Bill of Rights that states that punishments must be fair, cannot be cruel,
and that fines that are extraordinarily large cannot be set. “The Eighth
Amendment ‘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).