Inmates Should Be Allowed to Vote
A NY Times editorial calls attention to a ruling last week by the European Court of Human Rights overturning a British law that prohibits prison inmates from voting. The ruling reflects a greater respect for democracy than we see in the U.S., where incarcerated offenders are rarely permitted to vote, and where many states disenfranchise felons (sometimes permanently) even after they've been released from prison.
Why does the U.S. care less than other countries about the right of these citizens to vote?
Of the nearly five million people who were barred from participating in the last presidential election, for example, most, if not all, would have been free to vote if they had been citizens of any one of dozens of other nations. ... This issue deserves a full hearing in the United States, which shows less regard for the rights of prisoners and ex-offenders than just about any of its peers.
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