Should convicted felons be allowed to vote while in prison?

Only two states allow inmates to vote from prison: Maine and Vermont. Most states allow felons to vote after they are released or complete their parole period, although 12 states are more restrictive, according to an NBC News story

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In an August 10 VTDigger article, Michael Dougherty interviews inmate Daniel Jones serving time at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. Mr. Jones “says voting gives inmates motivation to be productive members of society,” but in the accompanying podcast, he admits most inmates do not bother to vote. 

What say you Upper Valley? Should convicted felons be allowed to vote while in prison?

Please comment below or email me at  norwichobserver@gmail.com.


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SOURCES: 
Most states disenfranchise felons. Maine and Vermont allow inmates to vote from prison.
Millions of ex-cons lost their right to vote. Now they might get it back.
The Deeper Dig: Upcoming elections will test Vermont’s voting laws
POSTED: 08.11.2018 
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