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Discuss how you understand the question below: Should convicted felons have the right to vote?

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I must admit that I don't understand the question as stated.

Should convicted felons have the right to vote?

Does this mean:

Should convicted felons retain the right to vote if they are serving time in prison?

Should convicted felons lose the right to vote for the rest of their lives?

Should convicted felons lose the right to vote if they are not sent to prison but only put on probation, or if they only have to pay fines?

Should convicted felons lose the right to vote while in prison but regain it if they are released on parole?

Should all convicted felons be treated the same? Or should a serial killer, for example, have the same rights as a businessman serving a year for embezzlement in a "country-club" prison?

It seems to me that a convicted felon who is serving time behind bars naturally loses a lot of freedom, so taking away his right to vote while incarcerated doesn't seem like a serious punishment. Giving him that privilege while in prison is giving him a certain amount of power, and a...

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