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oyster  ·  103 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Over 1 Million Florida Felons Win Right To Vote With Amendment 4

I remember finding out how restricted voting was in America during the last election and being shocked by how backwards it all was. We set up polling stations in prisons in Canada, because it’s already considered a right of every Canadian when they turn 18. This is a good step and it also starts a conversation with people from other countries in a positive way. Kind of like when a kid from a messed up family talks to people from normal families and goes holy shit this isn’t okay this should change.

tacocat  ·  103 days ago  ·  link  ·  

We beat people in prison and the experience of jail before even being formally charged is unpleasant. I can elaborate on that later if anyone wants. I'm surprised you let prisoners vote but also wondering why we don't. Oh yeah, you lose human rights here as well as constitutional rights. What was I thinking?

oyster  ·  103 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The Supreme Court ruled in 2002 that voting was a fundamental right in a democracy so that’s how they got it. Kind of crazy how simple that sounds but how easily we still let those rights slip away when it’s another groups problem.

tacocat  ·  103 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I got in a Facebook argument with an idiot once about whether voting is a right...