If you are a citizen of the USA, you should retain the right to vote. Period.
It is not a privilege. Voting is not a privilege. Voting is a right.
Allowing slavery to continue in prisons (13th Amendment) is why states are allowed to determine whether prisoners can vote or not. That it extends BEYOND their jail term shows that their jail term never ended.
They are incarcerated long after they’re out as they are not citizens of the United States so long as they are forbidden to vote.
This holds true for any class of US citizen who is denied the right to vote.
EXCEPT. It’s a big word that has denied rights to millions.
13th Amendment shows that slavery continues in the USA and anyone who is DEFENDING allowing the continuation of citizens-who-are-imprisoned being unable to vote is enabling slavery in the USA to continue.
“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude,
What we have been allowing to continue for generations is wrong.
I’m in Florida. We voted last year to restore voting rights to felons who served their time. Do you know how many things are felonies? How many non-violent crimes are felonies? It’s as if misdemeanors don’t exist anymore.
Once a felon in Florida, no more voting rights FOR LIFE.
So we the voters changed that.
But the Florida legislature is stalling AND the judges decided that they have to pay every single drop of fees and fines before voting is restored.
Ability to pay doesn’t matter.
It’s a poll tax. It’s undoubtedly Unconstitutional on a federal level. But will it get challenged successfully? Only in the court of public opinion but right now, things are far too rigged.
Very very annoying.