by Curt_Anderson on December 31, 2023 10:55 am
In two American states, Maine and Vermont prisoners can vote. Actually, the United States is in pretty good company in generally not allowing prisoners to vote. Prisoners in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Portugal, Greece, and other countries don’t allow prisoners to vote. Many other countries permit only some prisoners to vote. Incidentally, it is questionable if prisoners are able to vote freely without coercion.
I am perfectly OK with prisoners losing citizenship rights, including the right to vote. However, once they serve their sentence I believe most citizenship rights, including the right to vote should be returned. Depending on the crime, it is reasonable to deny permanently gun ownership rights of felons.