The debate over the voting rights of U.S. prison inmates continues to be a hot topic in political circles, and more politicians have joined the discussion with their own opinions.
Most recently, observers have seen New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez voicing her stance on the issue, expressing her support for the idea of allowing inmates to vote.
Ocasio-Cortez referenced convicted terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as an example in favor of her argument, pointing out that not every inmate is on the same level as Tsarnaev -- and that in fact, few of them are.
She went on to question whether people who have been convicted of nonviolent crimes and pose no apparent threat to society should still be deprived of the right to vote.
AOC wrote on Twitter: "To avoid looking completely + utterly out of touch w/ the reality our prison system: Instead of asking, ‘Should the Boston Bomber have the right to vote?’ Try, “Should a nonviolent person stopped w/ a dime bag LOSE the right to vote?’ Bc that question reflects WAY more people."
Many politicians have expressed their opinions on the matter, and it has been a highly divisive topic in U.S. politics.
It looks like there is a strong opposition to the idea of allowing inmates to vote in elections, while others have taken a more neutral stance, claiming that there should be some separation, according to the kinds of crimes committed by each person in the first place.
Senator Bernie Sanders, who is running from president in 2020 and started the conversation over the issue, explained: "In my own state of Vermont, from the very first days of our state’s history, what our constitution says is that everybody can vote. That is true. So people in jail can vote.”
He added: "I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say that person committed a terrible crime, not gonna let him vote, or that person did that, not gonna let that person vote — you’re running down a slippery slope."
However, most people engaged in the debate seem to have a hard position on it, either accepting the idea or denying it altogether.
Middle ground opinions are far and in between, and many politicians have taken the opportunity to express their general views on U.S. inmates as a whole during this situation.
The debate continues and will likely go on for quite a while, looking at the current trends.
Should people in prison be allowed to vote, yes or no?