Disenfranchisement: Voting is a Privelege that we Must Not Take for Granted

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Since the establishment of our great country, Americans utilized the ballot box as a freedom of expression. Voting is a basic right that many of us take for granted, some even viewing it as a “God given right.” As citizens, we expect the right to vote. Many oblivious to the fact that voting is a privilege that can be revoked. The process, commonly referred to as disenfranchisement, is the principle reason for my summary. Today more than ever, one of America's post-election concerns is voter turnout. Usually, the numbers are bleak, especially during local elections. As a society, we cannot afford to turn our back on one of the pillars of a democracy. If elected officials are to represent segments of voters, then people from all…show more content…
Why allow the offender the ability to retain their freedom of expression when they might have permanently silenced an innocence’s voice in the conduct of their crime. However, alienating a huge segment of society is a potential pressure cooker. That may manifest itself in the form of explosive large-scale riots. While this is an extreme example, it occurred as recent as 1992 in Los Angeles. The impact disenfranchisement has on society has a larger reach when you factor in family members. In some cases, the youngest are the most susceptible. They are the ones who bare the consequence of the future through the conditioning in their current environment which lends itself to mistrust a system that has robbed their loved ones of their voice in society. Voting is a privilege that many citizens of the world are not fortunate enough to enjoy, one that empowers the masses against the rule of the elite. Our ability to vote has been protected with the blood of our ancestors, and if taken lightly can easily disappear. References (2009). Felon Voting. Retrieved July 11, 2009 from http://felonvoting.procon.org/newsarchive.asp Lance (2008). Prisoners and Voting Rights. Retrieved July 11, 2009 from http://politicalinquirer.com (2009). Felony Disenfranchisement. Retrieved July 11, 2009 from http://www.sentencingproject.org Research Summary Research Summary for the General Public The voting process, dated back

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