Many states are trying to pass or have passed legislation allowing felons to vote while in prison. Bernie Sanders made many headline regarding this issue recently. Vermont and Iowa have passed such legislation. This is a poor idea and there is a much better way to go about this issue.
Does it surprise you that left leaning folks on this issue want everyone to be able to vote while in prison (Vermont/Bernie), while right leaning people tend to think they should recoup their right to vote after they have “completed their sentences” (Iowa Gov. Reynolds). Does anyone else wonder why both “sides” think felons should *only* get their “right to vote” while in prison/on parole, but never mention that these felons/ex-felons should get any other inalienable rights after they have done their time that society requires of them? Why dont they ever talk about letting these people own firearms, or being forced to let police in, or even restricting their ability to move/find jobs? It is simple, these people in positions of power do not give a damn about freedom and liberty.
There is a much more simple option to solve this issue. Someone who is in prison lost their rights due to their own poor actions. However, we as a society have created requirements for these people to accept responsibility, correct their behavior, and re-join society. So if the ex-felon is safe enough to be allowed back into our society, then they should be given *all* of the rights afforded to the free people of this nation. Perhaps a short parole period before receiving full rights may be necessary, but nonetheless these rights should be restored in full. So no, folks in prison should not vote or have many of the freedoms law abiding Americans enjoy but after they have paid their due and rejoin our communities they should receive the same rights and perks of every other citizen of this great nation.