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    (Original post by anti-duck)
    Personally, I would love to see people that don't meet a certain IQ be denied the right to vote; but then that would be equivalent to the government choosing the electorate and not how it should be, the other way round.
    IQ tests are by no means the gold standard of intelligence. Furthermore there is no correlation between intelligence and being able to make a clever choice of government. You had university professors who supported Hitler and airhead celebrities who supported Obama.
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    (Original post by S.R)
    IQ tests are by no means the gold standard of intelligence. Furthermore there is no correlation between intelligence and being able to make a clever choice of government. You had university professors who supported Hitler and airhead celebrities who supported Obama.
    Yeah, it was entirely sarcastic.
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    (Original post by moonkatt)
    What about people on remand who have not yet been tried? Shouldn't they be allowed to vote?
    They can vote.
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    We live by the social contract. The government enforces the social contract. If one breaks the social contract, they ought to lose their right to vote for representatives in said government. They should regain the right only upon rehabilitation and release from prison. I think that's fair enough.
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    I cannot see any logical reason for allowing prisoners to vote whatsoever.

    They have been removed from our society because they proved that they could not be trusted to behave in a responsible manner. So it doesn't make sense to allow them to have a say in what goes on in society.
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    The idea that if someone damages someone elses rights by committing a crime and thus loses all rights in prison is proposterous. The point of human rights is that all humans in all situations should have them, there are no criteria for their application. If we accept a universal right to vote then keeping prisoners from voting is against their rights.
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    (Original post by The_Duck)
    The idea that if someone damages someone elses rights by committing a crime and thus loses all rights in prison is proposterous. The point of human rights is that all humans in all situations should have them, there are no criteria for their application. If we accept a universal right to vote then keeping prisoners from voting is against their rights.
    Exactly, that's why voting shouldn't be a human right.
 
 
 
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