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The Constitution leaves decisions about elections and voting regulations up to the states, so trying to reach a universal consensus on this issue is pointless.
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States should make decisions about felony disenfranchisement independently
We should not try to arrive at a universal decision regarding voting laws or felony disenfranchisement because the Constitution originally left this decision up to the states.
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The United States' founders intended for state governments to run federal elections. They clearly established this in Article 1 of the Constitution  and in the 10th Amendment.  Thus, creating federal laws about felony disenfranchisement is a violation of the Constitution. The federal government has no right to intervene because this is a states' rights issue. Instead of trying to create universal legislation against this practice, activists should focus on appealing to their local governments. Naturally, each state will arrive at a slightly different approach to felony disenfranchisement. States already have different felony voting laws, with some completely disenfranchising felons and others, like Maine and Vermont, not disenfranchising them at all. 
In past times, states refused to outlaw horrific practices. For example, a number of states refused to outlaw slavery before the federal government intervened. We cannot use states' rights as an excuse not to appeal to the federal government for change, especially if this is the most effective way of reforming disenfranchisement laws.
[P1] The Constitution says that states should determine who vote.
Rejecting the premises