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Public Opinion on Felon Suffrage

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The Rasmussen Poll has this report, beginning with this odd paragraph (emphasis added):

Voters in 11 states can permanently lose their right to vote if convicted of a felony. Among most other states, that right can be restored only after serving some combination of their jail time, parole and probation. But most voters believe someone convicted of a felony should regain the right to vote after serving their sentence problem-free.
What's with the "but"?  Completion of the period of parole or probation is part of the sentence, so the proposition endorsed by most voters is consistent with the law of most states.

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Or Rasmussen could ask whether a rapist and a rape victim should have equal power over government . . . .

the idea of giving political power to serious criminals, in my view, is nuts.

I'd give a pause for thought about what is a 'serious' criminal.
US has more of its citizens in prison than anywhere in the world.
Is it good to treat someone as less than a citizen and expect them to live up to the responsibilities as such?
The vote is not a lot of political power. Serious criminals are often the folks with the real
political power.

"Is it good to treat someone as less than a citizen and expect them to live up to the responsibilities as such?"

Yes, in cases of criminality.

The notion that not being allowed to vote would cause a person to return to crime when he would otherwise have gone straight is preposterous on its face.

Do you seriously mean to imply that we haven't given any thought to what is a "serious" criminal?

What is worse than the preposterousness of the statement is the unspoken idea that society, because it takes away the franchise from lawbreakers, would somehow be to blame for the recidivism.

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