Should felons be allowed to vote?
January 18th, 2012
02:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Should felons be allowed to vote?

(CNN) - At Monday's Republican debate in South Carolina, candidates sparred over whether people with felony convictions should be allowed to vote.

Former Senator Rick Santorum said he supports felons regaining the right to vote after they've completed their sentences, and noted that felony disenfranchisement disproportionately affects black voters.

Mitt Romney said as governor of Massachusetts, he disagreed: "I think people who committed violent crimes should not be allowed to vote again."

Voting rights advocates say the argument could come up more often in the near future – with 2.3 million people currently incarcerated, states are rethinking whether the court's punishment is enough, or if people who've committed felonies will continue to pay for their crimes through disenfranchisement.

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