Is Voting A Right Or A Privilege?

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When determining the criteria for a person to lose voting privileges based on them being classified a felon, I believe we should examine the circumstances surrounding them becoming a felon. If a person is committing a felony for purposes other than intentionally breaking the law this should make an impact on the punishment. I think that what any reasonable person would have done in the circumstances of the offender should be taken into account by the Arkansas State Legislation. Criminal disenfranchisement is defined as the loss of the right to vote by a person convicted of or sentenced to imprisonment for a felony. Since before the civil war, this practice has been a part of the United States justice system mostly as a means to handle the racial issues with voting, but then also in regards to the felons and rebels that participated in the Southern “rebellion” during the Civil War. This practice has recently gained some popularity since a debate has developed as to whether it is unconstitutional or not. Is voting a right or a privilege? This must be determined in order to decide whether you can take it away as a form of punishment. First, let’s define what a right is. A right is defined as something to which a person is entitled. Most American rights are determined by our constitution and the Bill of Rights which never explicitly states the right to vote, but certain Amendments deal specifically with this subject. Next, let’s define privilege. A Privilege is a special

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