An Arguments For Felons To Vote

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Felons to Vote
I. Introduction
A. Hook- Quote
B. Thesis: Felons should have ability to vote because they have served their time, they did not lose their rights, and they are still involved in society and the racism card tends to be pulled.
II. Common Ground
A. “Eight states -- Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, Virginia and Wyoming -- permanently bar ex-felons from voting without exception. Maryland and Arizona permanently disenfranchise those convicted of a second felony, and Tennessee and Washington state permanently bar from voting felons convicted before 1986 and 1984…” (Dowdy).
B. There are states constantly looking over their laws to get them changed.
III. Evidence
A. They served their time.
B. They did not lose
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IV. Opposition/Refutation
A. Opposition= You can’t trust them.
Refutation= They committed a crime against society but they turned that around and served time.
B. Opposition= They lose their rights.
Refutation= They have to serve time; they pay taxes to be welcomed in society.
C. Opposition= Getting a felon would not be a punishment.
Refutation= It is a punishment. They have the struggle to regain employment and housing but they get through it just like they should be able to vote if they try had enough.
V. Conclusion
A. Quote.
B. Felons should have the right to vote because they have served their time. They have proved to everyone that they should be trusted again. They did not lose all their rights because society still involves them. Their race also makes them seem like worse
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Rivers said, “In southern states you had all these states that basically criminalize being black…The consequence of being arrested and found guilty of a crime—including a misdemeanor- is you would lose your right to vote” (Abdual-Alim). Virginia is one of the most affected states. The percent of African Americans is 60.8 to 36.2 of white’s population in prison. African Americans and whites also have a difference in the state’s population as a whole, African Americans only take over 19.7 percent of the state verses the whites with 70.2 (Abdual-Alim). That just shows the spree of arresting African Americans for any little incident that occurred was over blown and needs to be corrected. The United States is known to be diverse but with missing half of the population of other races it’s not

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