Should prisoners have the right to vote? Provide arguments for and against; find examples of foreign jurisdictions, which deny prisoners the right to vote. Discuss the case of Sauve V Canada and express your own opinion on the matter.

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The questions many citizens, politicians and even foreign argue, "should prisoners have the right to vote or not" is a big debate which will be addressed in this paper. In many countries including the United States, United Kingdom and many other European countries, prisoners are denied of this right. However, in Canada, there are limitations to the rights of voting for prisoners (Inmate Voting Rights, 2000). According to Canada Elections Act, provincial prisoner who are serving sentences of two years or less do have the right to vote (CTV, Prisoners exercise their right to vote, 2006), but those who are serving sentences longer than two years are denied this right (Human Rights in Canada, 1993). This act does not apply to federal prisoners. In 1995, Federal Court of Canada took a stand but was overturned in 1999 and is currently in appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada (Inmate Voting Rights, 2000).

This paper will deal with both the positive circumstances of giving the prisoners right to vote and negative factors of giving prisoners the right to vote in federal elections in Canada. Furthermore, the paper will address few examples of foreign jurisdiction. Followed by, an important case of Sauvé v Canada in 1999 and its history behind it. Lastly, the personal view of whether I believe prisoners should be or should not be given the right to vote.

Those who argue that prisoners should not have the right to vote argue that denying this right can be a form of punishment, it will help prisoners learn to respect the law, and finally it is not trustable to give them the right to be a part of a political action. On the other hand, ones that argue for the prisoners say that this right should be given so the prisoners become part of the society in a responsible way (CTV, 2002), denying the prisoner to vote can also be viewed as a discriminatory action and lastly, their votes can make a big difference.

Recently, Sauvé v, the Attorney General of Canada, Chief Electoral Officer of Canada and Solicitor of Canada took a stand against the Canada's Elections Act which took the rights of prisoners and other inmates to vote in federal elections (Inmate Voting Rights, 2000). It was argued that it is unjust to take away rights of prisoners to vote under the Charters Rights and Freedom. But soon after, Sauvé v was overturned (Inmate Voting Rights, 2000).

Overall, in my personal opinion, I would say that the best way to handle this situation would be to deny prisoners the rights of voting in federal elections in Canada. This is because when a person takes an oath as a citizen, he/she commits to stay truthful, loyal and law obedient to the country and its laws. Once they commit any action that is illegal, they break their commitment. As a further punishment, they must also lose some of their privileges for the time they are sentenced. This is why the right to vote should not be allowed to prisoners due to their untruthfulness, disloyalty, and illegal actions taken against the country and its laws.


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