Voting: right or privilege?

I came across this story on Paul Evan’s blog this morning about whether prisoners should be able to vote and I was particularly struck by the comment in the video about voting prisoners in the states that ‘you should loose certain privileges when you go to prison and voting is one of them’

I have to declare that I am one of those ‘liberal’ people that thinks that prison is about rehabilitation not punishment but equally I see the rights that we have as citizens as inalienable to us as human being, in the way that human rights are inalienable to us. No one gets to remove my citizenship rights because I failed to live up to my responsibilities and I see voting as one of those rights that are inalienable to us as citizens, wherever we are and however old we are!!

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