The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): Attorney General Eric Holder said 11 states in the country prohibit ex-felons -- about 5.8 million of them -- from voting. He’s called on those states to restore voting rights once convicted individuals have completed their sentences. Should ex-felons have the right to vote?
Yes. People who’ve paid their debt to society, and are no longer involved with the justice system should have their rights fully restored. Joel D. Downs
Yes, they are still American citizens! They’re also very likely to be more affected by the outcome of some elections than other citizens might be (i.e. elected judges). Alexi Price
Well, if you’re talking about pedophiles being granted the right to vote on implementing zone boundaries, then no. … I don’t think it’s a good idea. Joe Black
The Democratic politicians don’t care about felons’ rights, but they do pay very close attention to demographic statistics. The percentage of felons (in prison and out) that fall into minorities is approximately 80 percent. Considering Democrats carry the minority vote almost every election, it’s not very hard to see what the real purpose behind this push is. Jeff Dunlop
Don’t we want people to be involved and engaged with our democratic process? If the Bible can encourage forgiveness why can’t our criminal justice system? Luke 6:37 Michael Hathoot
Well, if you allow a convicted felon to vote, do you allow them to run for public office? Where do you draw the line? I say keep it the same. Bob Sonderegger
Absolutely. Denying suffrage is like saying a person is less than human. If a person has paid their debt to society, why continue to unjustly punish them? It’s no wonder the recidivism rate is so high in this country. Gordon Burns