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Yes, they should No, they shouldn't
Debate Score:46
Arguments:39
Total Votes:50
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Should Prisoners have the right to vote?

Recenlty there has been an on going debate whether or not prisoners should have the right to vote. From one side, it can be argued that prisoners are the members of the society, when the other can argue that prisoners are incapable of making right judgements. Let's come up with good ideas!

Yes, they should

Side Score: 27
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No, they shouldn't

Side Score: 19
2 points

Prisoners are human beings. In fact, they are the member of the soceity. They are people who have lived a normal human life and went to jail for a particualr reason. The fact is every human has the right to vote and not giving them the right to vote means that they aren't human beings but animals that are incapable of making decisions.

Side: Yes, they should
ChuckHades(3198) Disputed
2 points

They are incapable of making rational decisions, that's why they're in jail. I think that prisoners are just part of a group that in my warped opinion, shouldn't be allowed to vote. This group also incorporates the media, stupid people, and others. But going back to prisoners. Because they cannot think logically before they act, they should not be allowed to make a decision on something they may not think logically about.

By the way, human beings are animals. You're comparing the same thing, making that comparison worthless.

Side: No, they shouldn't
atypican(4874) Disputed
1 point

They are incapable of making rational decisions, that's why they're in jail.

Nonsense

I think that prisoners are just part of a group that in my warped opinion, shouldn't be allowed to vote.

Bravo for admitting that your opinion on the matter is warped. It'll make for a good first step in straightening it out so to speak. The next step is to realize that "illogical", or "untenable" better describes your opinion than "warped".

If you keep bringing up logic, at some point you might be called to actually apply it in your attempts at reasoning.

You argue as if no one is imprisoned for laws that are unjust. Perhaps someone in prison for violating an unjust law ought to be able to vote for candidates or legislation that support it's repeal.

Side: Yes, they should
2 points

There are benefits that can be brought by allowing them to vote.

First, in societal level, politicians and the government can have a wider view of opinions.

Since prisoners are citizens who have gone through such disasters, they would be able to show their opinions to them about the negative sides of a policy.

Second, in the individual level, prisoners can feel the sense of belongingness.

People would feel that they are members of the society and would not go against the governmet.

Side: Yes, they should
1 point

Do you really think that rapists should have the right and freedom to influence public policies. Do you really want people running for government to consider or even accommodate murders, and child molesters so they can get their vote?

You make it sound like prisoners are innocent civilians who have been wronged by an oppressive and unjust system when it is in fact (despite its flaws) it is the most just in the world.

People in prison are put there as a punishment. Make those people feel they are not welcome in our society or partake in our system if they continue disregard the laws that the rest of us have implemented and can somehow function with.

Side: No, they shouldn't
1 point

yes their citizens! they may have made mistakes but so what!

Side: Yes, they should
1 point

Yes. They are still citizens. Most of them have done 1/100th of the number of "bad" things the rich have done. These people just got caught. *These people would probably be our most educated voters to the subject matter because they would actually read papers and watch the news moreso than the rest of us.

I'm for killing them all, but since we're going to let them get out, them paying attention to the news and talking intelligently about societal issues will help them reintegrate into civilization.

Side: Yes, they should
Uspwns101(444) Disputed
1 point

Please enlighten me of the 100 bad things the rich as an entire group have done. Is it the large number of people they employ?

Side: No, they shouldn't
1 point

I don't see why not. When people make a decision that could put them in jail they dont stop and think "If I go to jail, i wont be able to vote in 2012" so the restriction is not stopping them from commiting crimes. And they are still citizens, sometimes bad ones, but still citizens.

Side: Yes, they should

Since prisoners can study and get a college degree while incarcerated, they should be allowed to vote.

Side: Yes, they should
2 points

What all of y'all need to understand is that the prisoners are likely to vote only for those who will be lenient towards them.

Side: No, they shouldn't
1 point

Thera re side effects that could be brought about using this policy.

It is that the normal citizens could have disadvantages because of allowing them tov toe.

In America, the number of Prisoners in America is 2 million.

What this leads to is the cuns of politicians and candidates who want more votes.

They would focus more on prisoners and the prisoners would vote for them because what they are eager to do is to get out of jail quickly.

If that happens, when politicians should be fighting for the privileges of citizens, they would be focusing more on prisoners which is not right.

Side: No, they shouldn't
1 point

Giving them the right to vote is telling the people that murder and rape is not a severe crime. They are sending out a message that even though you kill, you can be treated as a right ful member of the soceity.,

Side: No, they shouldn't
Huahahaha(81) Disputed
0 points

What the hell? you said that murder and rape aren't severe crimes? are you crazy? just imagine that you got raped first, and then murdered, what will you feel in the afterlife? will you forgive them? will you be happy?

and about their right to vote...

ah well, you know that prisoners are bad people, they did steal things, rape, murder, etc.

do you think such people have good mentality? do they really have the ability to think clearly?

perhaps if they're allowed to vote, they'd vote the one who will give them remissions or even free them from jails

that will even increase the number of crime, since they'll commit it again, I've seen a lot of that stuffs in the TV, newspaper, etc.

Side: No, they shouldn't
SoapyTurtle(22) Disputed
1 point

I think you are a bit confused. Kari never said murder and rape aren't severe crimes. Also he/she believes they should not be allowed to vote. You sided with yes they should have the right to vote. I think you meant to say they shouldn't.

Side: No, they shouldn't
minime Disputed
1 point

I understand your point but here is the reality, not all prisoners have actually committed a major crime some of them have just been accused of having done something when they haven't others are just robbers or are just extreme pressure groups but moving away from that, at the end of the day these are humans with enough mentality to make the right decision.

And why on earth would a obama or David Cameron suddenly make a mandate on freeing prisoners from jail. There is a reason why they were appointed as representative and I don't think the rest of the nation's citizens would be happy with such decision and they simply wouldn't get voted in. However, just for the sake on really showing the rest of the world that the US and UK are in fact countries that stands by their ideologies and not two faced liars! THIS IS WHY PRISONERS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE

Side: Yes, they should
1 point

To me, when you break law, you lost your rights. Just me though.

Side: No, they shouldn't
kyauta(46) Disputed
1 point

"when you break a law"

It isn't everybody who broke the law. some people are there because they were accused of doing something they didn't do.

"you lost your rights"

how can you lose your rights when your still alive?? you definitely wouldn't love to be treated like that so stfu.

Side: Yes, they should
1 point

The point of being in jail is loosing some freedom fro the crime you committed. Voting would defy the purpose. What would it matter anyways, maybe if they got out, if they do, they could. too bad for them

Side: No, they shouldn't

Since they are in prison, they gave to give up the right to vote.

Side: No, they shouldn't