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The government has announced that prisoners serving less than four years will be eligible to vote.
But the Cabinet Office statement said all offenders sentenced to four years or more would automatically be barred from registering to vote.
The decision comes after a Euroean court ruling which the government is obliged to implement.
Originally posted by MikeboydUS
I don't think anyone serving time in prison should have the right to vote.
Once they are released and they do not have a felony on their record they should be able to vote.
Felons should not have the right to vote.
Richardson v. Ramirez case went before the US Supreme Court in 1974, the court ruled that felons can lose their right to vote, it was not unconstitutional.
The UK of course can do whatever they want. Its a whole different system.
Originally posted by Intelearthling
reply to post by Kandinsky
What's so ironic about the people that get sent to prison is that many of them didn't care to vote when they were free citizens but all of the sudden become patriotic upon incarceration and demand the right to vote.
The reason for incarceration is punishment for crimes committed. If a citizen can't be stripped of their rights upon a conviction, then what's the use in having a judicial system?
Originally posted by SyphonX
It has nothing to do with "stripping away their rights".
What does it matter if they didn't want to vote before they went to prison?
A lot of people don't vote, sometimes they're never comfortable with the choices they have, and other times they need a life-changing experience (such as going to prison ) before they feel the necessity to vote.
Stripping a citizen of their rights is bizarre, in a supposed country of liberty.