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Debate Score:11
Arguments:12
Total Votes:11
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Should prisoners be able to vote?

The purpose of prison is rehabilitation. Restricting prisoners' right to vote does not help with that. Even though they have committed a felon, they are still citizens who live in the US. Citizens have a right to "Right to vote in elections for public officials"

Yes

Side Score: 4
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No

Side Score: 7
1 point

Hello 1:

Sure.

excon

Side: Yes
1 point

I'm a bit on the fence, here. Once they're out, if they aren't allowed to vote, you've literally created an unrepresented class of citizens. Don't they deserve at least representation while incarcerated? Was the crime somehow political in nature?

Side: Yes
michelle02(32) Disputed
1 point

This question can be interpreted in many different ways, but I think the question is meant to ask "While prisoners are in prison, should they still have the right to vote?"

(I'm not actually sure though :P)

Side: No
2 points

No. They morally lost the right to vote when they committed a crime and went to jail.

Also why should people in jail be allowed to vote when they're obviously bad at making decisions. They did something wrong, and that's why they're in jail so why should they even be trusted to make a decent choice.

Side: No
12335(25) Disputed
1 point

Do you believe people can change? Do you think that it is simply just an American who made a mistake, and doesn't deserve to be stripped of their inalienable rights? Also, 39% of prisoners are wrongly convicted and shouldn't even be in prison. Isn't it bad enough that they are already locked up and also aren't aloud to vote?

Side: Yes
1 point

Also, 39% of prisoners are wrongly convicted and shouldn't even be in prison.

That figure is so laughable that I challenge the only way it can be true is if you obtained the result from asking the prisoners themselves if they did it.

Side: No
1 point

Very good answer .

Side: No
1 point

When their time is served and are released, then they should have voting rights reinstated.

Side: No
12335(25) Disputed
1 point

Agreeable, but do you consider prisoners citizens, or slaves?

Side: Yes
Mint_tea(2531) Disputed
1 point

I would consider them citizens but with limited freedoms.

Side: No