Yes. Felons should lose their right to vote under the constitution during and after incarceration.
Felons constitutionally lose their right to vote only during incarceration.
There is no constitutional justification to ban felons from voting during or after incarceration
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I dont know if there is Constitutional justification or not but IMO convicted felons should regain their right to vote after they are released. I'm not sure they should lose it upon conviction either.
Is it just a punitive measure or is there some other foundation for it?
There may be cases where it is appropriate to strip people of their citizenship. But barring those exceptional cases I think a felony conviction should not take away a person's right to vote (although an argument can be made that during incarceration people should not be allowed to vote).
What does a social contract mean if voting rights are withheld? Upon release, suspension of rights must be rescinded with immediate effect, or there's an argument for why they should henceforth be bound by the laws of the land.
You're right as far as it being unconstitutional to deny a felon the right to vote.
The 24th Amendment: The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Since serving ones time and paying restitution/court costs is considered as paying a debt to society it could be considered as a poll tax and as such what you said about not being able to vote while in prison may be a violation of the Constitution also. Depending on how you look at it of course. And since they considered demanding people take tests and those people must pass those tests in order to vote as a "poll tax" also this argument could legitimately be made.
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I'm also not wholly convinced we should take it away when they're convicted, but that aspect is so far down on my priority list I never argue the point. It's something I can live with.
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