Last updated on: 4/18/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Washington Times Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?"
Reasoning:

“Even in nearby Massachusetts, no stranger to progressivism, voters in 2000 supported a constitutional amendment to bar inmates from voting. The reason is clear: Most people think perpetrators of serious crimes have violated the public trust and cannot be permitted to help determine the future of the communities they harmed.

[F]or the time being, the voters’ good sense about the possible scenarios – the advent of new constituencies of prisoners whom politicians court for votes, for instance – still prevails. As does the sense that most of the time, in most of the country, serious lawbreakers should not help elect the country’s lawmakers.”

“Another No Vote on Felons,” Nov. 24, 2004

Description:

“The Washington Times is a full-service, general interest daily newspaper in the nation’s capital.”

“About The Washington Times,” The Washington Times, accessed Nov. 26, 2007

Mission:

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Other:
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Quoted in:
  1. Does the Social Contract Theory Present a Valid Reason for the Disenfranchisement of People with Felony Convictions?
  2. Should People Who Have Completed Felony Sentences Be Allowed to Vote?
  3. Does the US Congress Have Authority to Legislate the Enfranchisement of People with Felony Convictions in Federal Elections?