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

Washington Times Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) 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

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
   Media and Academic Journals
Mainstream print, broadcast, radio, and internet media entities such as the New York Times, CNN, ABC News, National Public Radio, Slate.com, Seattlepi.com, etc., as well as influential academic journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Foreign Policy, etc.
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. Should Felons Who Have Completed Their Sentence (Incarceration, Probation, and Parole) Be Allowed to Vote?
  2. Does the US Congress Have Authority to Legislate Felon Enfranchisement in Federal Elections?
  3. Are Felons More Likely to Vote for Democrats over Republicans?
  4. Should Felons Lose Their Ability to Vote in Elections Because Society Can No Longer Trust Them?