Felony disenfranchisement

“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.

4 thoughts on “Felony disenfranchisement”

  1. I would find the state unjust towards me if I am not allowed to object drafting while I am able to contribute to the society in other capacities

    1. >>if I am not allowed to object drafting while I am able to contribute to the society in other capacities

      If a military draft is to be implemented in a space settlement – and that is a big if – it should be solely for defensive purposes. In fact such conscription would be more akin to a course “how to act in case of a foreign attack”. Anyway such conscription will be of a limited duration.

      However, if there will be a volunteer defense force, people who don’t join that force should not be considered to draft evaders.

      Besides military conscription, we can have social conscription, i.e. community service. Like the military version this should be for a short duration.

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