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Should Felons be Allowed to Vote?

There has been a recent spate of major works on the entire question of “felony disenfranchisement.” This means that for those who have been convicted for a major crime, they may not vote in federal elections for the remainder of their lives. While these laws are actually state laws, 48 American states disenfranchise voters (Fellner, 1998). The debate is over the fact that since many of these felons are from democratic constituencies, they are racial minorities and from thje poor, these felon disenfranchisement laws unjustly hurt Democratic electoral chances and hurt American democracy. This paper takes issue with this, and holds that Democrats simply want more voters, and will get them any way possible. The argument against felons voting is…