“Felony disenfranchisement” the is practice used in many jurisdiction to deprive convicted criminals from the right to vote and/or to stand in elections. Jurisdictions vary in the degree they apply this measure, some disenfranchise virtually all criminals while others rarely use this.
We propose that “felony disenfranchisement” to be limited to specific types of crimes. In particular we believe that disenfranchisement should limited to:
- Tax evasion
- Draft evasion
- Crimes against the state and public security
- Political corruption
- Crimes against humanity
With draft evasion we refer to those who refuse both military conscription and alternative service for conscientious objectors.
The rationale behind the first two cases is that people who refuse to contribute to society, do not deserve to have a say in how society should be run.
Disenfranchisement should be temporary (up to a maximum of thirty years) in most cases and only in most severe cases disenfranchisement for life should be imposed.