Felons forfeit right to vote — temporarily
To the editor:
According to a recent article in the New York Times, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wants to give all felons the right to vote whether they are incarcerated or have already served their time. Once a person has committed a felony, they give up their rights and should not be allowed to vote while incarcerated. Once an offender is released and is off of parole, then he/she should be granted the right to vote again.
Once a person commits a felony, they give up their right to vote until they have paid their debt to society. Many of the southern states like Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, don’t ever allow felons the right to vote. On the other extreme side, Maine and Vermont allow felons to vote while in prison. States like New York allow felony offenders to vote again after they have served their term of incarceration and parole. There are many different variations between states, but New York has it right. We are excluding roughly 6 million Americans when we don’t allow former felons to vote. This topic is a major issue that hasn’t been given much thought and that the U.S. needs to address.