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    Voting: Right or privilege?

    What do you think? Should voting be an inalienable right? Or should it be earned via good citizenship, devotion to the nation, or some other criterion?
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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    What do you think? Should voting be an inalienable right? Or should it be earned via good citizenship, devotion to the nation, or some other criterion?
    I've been arguing with someone in another thread who wants to take away homeless people's right to vote. Everyone, rich or poor, living in a mansion or in a cardboard box, has the right to vote. The only exceptions are people who are underage or people who are incarcerated for a crime. And when a prisoner gets released, then he should regain his voting rights.

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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    it is just right.
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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by Phys251 View Post
    What do you think? Should voting be an inalienable right? Or should it be earned via good citizenship, devotion to the nation, or some other criterion?
    Voting is a right and it should stay a right.That said there should be limitations like at least 18, you have to present a state issued ID/driver's license when registering to vote, must present a state issued ID/driver's license to vote and you have to be an American citizen in order to vote.
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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    Constitutional Right.

    Can't be a natural right because voting inherently requires a society of some sort. Otherwise it's just "choosing".

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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    Voting is a right. The Constitution explicitly guarantees every state a republican form of government.
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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Voting is a right and it should stay a right.That said there should be limitations like at least 18, you have to present a state issued ID/driver's license when registering to vote, must present a state issued ID/driver's license to vote and you have to be an American citizen in order to vote.
    Being an adult and a citizen are one thing. Attaching meaningless ID requirements to voting merely serves as a barrier to keep poor/minority voters away, and doesn't actually solve any problem. Voter fraud is a virtually nonexistent problem in the United States...let alone the type of voter fraud that could be prevented with voter ID laws. This is nothing more than a cynical power grab by the Republican Party.
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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    its a right recognized by our Constitution.

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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamesrage View Post
    Voting is a right and it should stay a right.That said there should be limitations like at least 18, you have to present a state issued ID/driver's license when registering to vote, must present a state issued ID/driver's license to vote and you have to be an American citizen in order to vote.
    That sounds like the criteria of a privilege, not a right.
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    Re: Voting: Right or privilege?

    it is a responsibility....
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