The United States Constitution And The Abolition Of Voting Rights

907 Words Oct 21st, 2016 4 Pages
Felon disenfranchisement has been in practice for centuries, dating back to colonial times (Carter 45). It has been a very controversial topic that is still debated today due to morals and legal understandings. President Jimmy Carter defined disenfranchisement as denying a person the right to vote. Therefore, felon disenfranchisement refers to depriving felons their right to vote, at least temporarily (Carter 45). The United States Constitution and its interpretation has been a key aspect that is considered in determining one’s opinion on felons’ voting rights. Since our nation’s Constitution outlines rights that citizens are entitled to, some argue that voting restrictions imposed on convicted felons deprive them of these Constitutional rights and consider this unequal treatment. Others argue that the status of being a convicted felon legally justifies unequal treatment and the right to vote should only be given to law-abiding citizens. The reinstatement of voting rights should not be automatically granted, rather the felon’s individual rights should be restored only after approval of his application to his state’s government. It is not illegal for public officials to deny voting rights. This is outlined in the Constitution. The United States Supreme Court exists to interpret laws and be the determining factor in undecided cases. The Supreme Court has ruled that felon disenfranchisement is indeed constitutional (Carter 45). President Jimmy Carter noted that the…

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