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Anne Flinchum Poli Sci 267 Section 302 Felony Disenfranchisement Support Voting is one of the most valued and important rights delegated to American citizens. It is a major part of how we define democracy. We are proud to have the right to have a say in a government that is ruled by the people and for the people. In America, we believe that every vote counts. For this reason, it is only natural to want those votes to be by eligible voters. Felony disenfranchisement is a way to aid in this effort by taking away the voting rights of “persons convicted of various enumerated crimes that are either quite serious or indicate a particular degree of untrustworthiness, such as fraud or bribery.” 1 This power is granted to the states in section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment and serves as a “part of the sanction for specified crimes.” 1 Most, if not all, states have a process for the disenfranchised to restore their voting privileges. 1 Felony disenfranchisement is crucial to protecting the integrity of the vote and to ensure that every vote counted is the product of an eligible voter. “Information is central to democracy.” 2 Unfortunately, according to Keeter, the American public is both weakly informed and misinformed. “The average American citizen was portrayed as apathetic, uninterested in politics, unconcerned about who wins or loses presidential elections, only marginally interested in voting.” 3 In order for us to be successful and gain the support of the American public, we must first agree on a definition of felony disenfranchisement that not only furthers our cause, but is understandable to the average American in order to make them somewhat knowledgeable on the topic. Felony disenfranchisement is, after all, just a big word for certain felonies
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that qualify as a loss the right to vote for a specified period as part of their punishment to fully repay their debt to society. Along with the lack of knowledge, Americans are tied to individual sets of values, beliefs, identities, and interests. Those who value freedom may not support our claim because they see it as a restriction. An ex-felon and his family will also probably disagree with felony disenfranchisement. People’s experiences often shape their values and opinions so those who are closer to the topic, like a felon or the family member of a murder victim, would feel very strongly in supporting this policy or not. Morality is also a huge issue in American politics. Policies dealing with abortion, drugs, homosexuality, pornography, etc. are based on morals rather than their legality.
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This note was uploaded on 04/27/2008 for the course POLI SCI 267 taught by Professor Soss during the Spring '07 term at Wisconsin.

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