Senator Jim Holzapfel and Assemblymen Greg McGuckin and Dave Wolfe of the 10th Legislative District expressed their opposition to recently introduced legislation that would allow incarcerated prisoners as well as those on parole and probation to vote.
Sen. Jim Holzapfel, Assemb. McGuckin, and Assemb. Wolfe (LD-10) expressed their opposition to recently introduced legislation that would allow incarcerated prisoners as well as those on parole and probation to vote. (Flickr)
“Convicted felons serving prison sentences have breached a social contract and should not be allowed to influence elections and public policies,” stated Holzapfel. “Withholding their right to vote is a penalty for the breach of that contract, and serves as an incentive to comply with the law.”
Under the measure, inmates would be allowed to vote absentee in their home district.
“Can you imagine someone serving a twenty-year sentence in state prison for murder, rape, or child abuse, having the right to cast an absentee ballot on who serves on your local school board or town council,” added Assemblyman McGuckin. “Our current system is reasonable and effective. Those who have been convicted of felony offenses in the past are not forever barred from voting and may restore their right to vote once they have completed the terms of his or her sentence.”
“Incarcerated criminals are denied certain freedoms, and losing the right to vote is one of the consequences of breaking the law,” Wolfe concluded. “Once you have served your time and proven yourself to be a trustworthy member of society again, your right to vote is restored. It’s a fair system that works.”
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