Now...personally...I believe felons forfeit rights like gun ownership and yes, voting right. I would also be fine if there were a path for petitioning to regain all rights after a certain set period of time.
In that I've actually seen some (emphasis on some, by no means is "some" all or even "most") left wing types sincerely argue that currently serving military service members should not be allowed to vote, I find this thread a little funny. I suppose "don't commit a felony offense if you don't want to suffer the long term consequences of being a convicted felon" is not an obvious solution for some reason?
So what we are telling him is that even though he has technically served his sentence, he is not really a full citizen because we cannot trust him with all his rights, just some of them. Each right is weighted differently for some Americans.
Let me ask the same question; what is the worst that could happen if he does not vote? Either we trust he is rehabilitated and treat him as a full citizen with all his rights or we don't. We treat him as a 90% or so citizen.
Can we really say some rights are worth more than others? Gets tricky....
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The simple answer to your question is that felons can't vote is because voting is a civil right and you forfeit certain rights, temporarily anyway, when convicted of a serious crime...
Convicted felons have been denied various privileges granted to other citizens going all the way back to ancient Rome and Greece--this practice is laced throughout the common law that serves as the basis for U.S. law..."<
It's a slippery slope. Allow convicted felons to vote and America could end up having more incompetent Presidents like Obama. And they'll probably want more than the whole nine yards.
Democrats in San Fransisco are already advocating that illegal aliens who have been in the country after 30 days should be able to vote.
My dogs also want to vote and knowing my dogs, they'll vote for who ever will give them the biggest T-Bone.
The Straight Dope: Why can't felons vote?
I'll just sit back and wait for you to go nuts on some pot smoking guy and then you go to jail. Problem will take care of itself because true authoritarians cannot follow the laws they don't like.