In the wide array of issues out there, felony disenfranchisement doesn’t rank very high on anyone’s list of priorities. Many states have laws that prohibit convicted felons from voting, sometimes even for life, and the outcry of protest is not very loud. But it should be.
As I explain in my latest Psychology Today piece, felony disenfranchisement raises questions relating not only to the universality of voting, but to longstanding issues of race and class as well. Voting is a basic right in a democracy, and the imperfect criminal justice system shouldn’t be deciding who can cast a vote. Those who have paid their dues to society should get to participate in the democratic process. For humanists and others who claim progressive values, it’s an important social justice issue. Full story here.