Should Convicted Felons be Allowed to Run for Political Office?

Joe Blaettler

Should Convicted Felons be Allowed to Run for Political Office?

The issue of convicted felons voting in public elections has long been debated in this country. The laws vary from state to state. For example, in Maine a person’s voting rights are retained while in prison.  In states like Florida, Iowa and Kentucky one must petition the state to have their voting rights restored. What about convicted felons running for political office? Since states have taken various positions on prisoners and voting rights, is it time the government takes a stronger position on allowing convicted felons to run for office? This year alone numerous convict felons are on the ballot all over America. What do you think, should people convicted of crimes be allowed to run for office? Check out the attached link to see your States law on prisoner voting rights.

Voting as an Ex-Offender

Voting Rights for Ex-Offenders by State In all but two states, voting age citizens convicted of a felony are barred from voting for some period of time. Laws vary in each state. While many states restore voting rights to individuals automatically after they exit jail or prison, others continue the bar on voting even while … Continue readingVoting as an Ex-Offender

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