2005-02-10 / Letters/Opinion

What’s Your Opinion?

Responses compiled and photographed by Bill O

“Some crimes are so severe that it can’t be acceptable for those people to come back to society and vote. They committed those crimes. They have to stay out of society. They are a harm to society.”
Barbara Calixta, Canarsie“Some crimes are so severe that it can’t be acceptable for those people to come back to society and vote. They committed those crimes. They have to stay out of society. They are a harm to society.” Barbara Calixta, Canarsie Question: Currently, there is a state law barring convicted felons from voting.

Do you think they should be allowed to vote, even after they have served their time?


“I think the law is wrong. Everybody is entitled to make a mistake. If they paid their debt to society, that’s it. They should be allowed to vote.”
Ted Augustine, Canarsie“I think the law is wrong. Everybody is entitled to make a mistake. If they paid their debt to society, that’s it. They should be allowed to vote.” Ted Augustine, Canarsie“Yes, they should have the right to vote because they are still citizens. It’s not like they are not human anymore. So they should have the same rights as anybody else.”
Aubrey Nicholson, East New York“Yes, they should have the right to vote because they are still citizens. It’s not like they are not human anymore. So they should have the same rights as anybody else.” Aubrey Nicholson, East New York“They should be allowed to vote, even after they served their time. Their opinion matters also.They shouldn’t be judged because they are felons.” 
Rafaelina Hernandez, Queens.“They should be allowed to vote, even after they served their time. Their opinion matters also.They shouldn’t be judged because they are felons.” Rafaelina Hernandez, Queens.

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