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Distribution of answers submitted by American voters.
Data includes total votes submitted by visitors since Apr 25, 2016. For users that answer more than once (yes we know), only their most recent answer is counted in the total results. Total percentages may not add up to exactly 100% as we allow users to submit "grey area" stances that may not be categorized into yes/no stances.
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Learn more about Criminal Voting Rights
In April 2016, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe issued an executive order which restored voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons living in the state. The order overturned the state’s practice of felony disenfranchisement, which excludes people from voting who have been convicted of a criminal defense. The 14th amendment of the United States prohibits citizens from voting who have participated in a “rebellion, or other crime” but allows states to determine which crimes qualify for voter disenfranchisement. In the U.S. approximately 5.8 million people are ineligible to vote due to voter disenfranchisement and only two states, Maine and Vermont, have no restrictions on allowing felons to vote. Opponents of felon voting rights argue that a citizen forfeits their rights to vote when they are convicted of a felony. Proponents argue that the arcane law disenfranchises millions of Americans from participating in democracy and has an adverse affect on poor communities. See recent criminal voting rights news
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Yes, every citizen deserves the right to vote. Felons should be the first to vote as they have a right not to be subject to cruel and unusual punishment. This is also a way to show felons that society has not given up on them. We should try and... 2 years ago from a Green in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
No way! Why would a person who broke the law of our land get to decide who will govern our nation? Hate governs them, and they should not be allowed to have the same rights as the American citizen. 2 years ago from a Democrat in Albion, WA
Rapists, murderers, career criminals, those who were neo-nzis in prison, no...they should not. It depends on the crime and if a long debt has been paid in time served then it may be acceptable. 3 years ago from a Democrat in Danbury, CT
Yes, because there is nothing that a felon could vote on that would hurt the well-being of everyone else. Also, I think that the last thing felons think about while committing a crime is their distain from not being able to vote any more. 3 years ago from a Democrat in Oakland, CA
Convicted felons should be given the right to vote only after they have completed a probationary period of 10 years after their final sentencing/punishment. 3 years ago from a Constitution in Bel Air North, MD
Yes, every US citizen should have the right to vote regardless of their circumstances. One person = one vote. 3 years ago from a Green in Trumansburg, NY