Should Convicts Vote?

The European Court of Human Rights(ECHR) made clear to the government of Turkey that it had violated the right to free elections by ordering a ban on the right of those in prison to participate in voting during elections. The Court ruled such a ban on voting rights did not take into account the nature oor gravity of the offence, the length of the prison sentence or the prisoner’s individual conduct or circumstances. Unlike in the United States where a prisoner can lose the right to vote, this ban only lasts while in jail.

Most American states deny the right to vote. However:

1. Buusiness people who rob people of their life savings continue to vote.

2. Police who beat up prisoners continue to vote.

3. Men who physically abuse wife or girl friend still vote.

4. Football players who fumble and lose the game still vote.

I think we need to change voting laws!