May 03, 2019

(WATCH) PragerU asks: Should felons have the right to vote?

Rebel Staff

Should felons vote while serving time behind bars? Bernie Sanders thinks so. Will Witt and Mike Ayetiwa of PragerU hit the Art & Jazz Festival in Denton, TX to see what the people think.

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commented 2019-05-04 18:29:53 -0400
This may be a big deal in the USA but it’s a done deal in Canada and has been for some time….

This is from WIKIPEDIA article on prisoners rights…

“The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that all Canadian citizens have the right to vote in federal and provincial elections.8 The Supreme Court of Canada has held that even if a Canadian citizen has committed a criminal offence and is incarcerated, they retain the constitutional right to vote.9 In the 2015 federal election, more than 22,000 inmates in federal correctional institutes were eligible to vote.10

There is one exception to this general principle. The Supreme Court has held that if a person is convicted of corrupt electoral practices, they can be evicted from the legislature, barred from being nominated for election for a set period, and denied the right to vote for a set period. These restrictions are acceptable because they are a sanction aimed at the very offence committed by the individual, rather than being a general disenfranchisement. The restrictions are aimed at healing the corrupted electoral process, which itself is a constitutional value, and therefore can be justified for limited periods.11
commented 2019-05-03 15:34:55 -0400
If there are enough people in prison to vote down the law that put them there, that should tell you something. I can think of things much more appropriate as reasons to politically disenfranchise someone than violating the Volstead Act.