Voting is a fundamental part of democracy. It is a basic right that ensures all citizens can have an equal say in choosing their elected officials. By virtue of being a country's citizen, a prisoner deserves the right to vote. The state should not be able to take this right away because of someone's actions, especially when over 50% of felonies are non-violent. If we create criteria that people must meet to retain their voting rights, the government could expand these to disenfranchise more and more people. This could lead to a society in which the government essentially chooses who can and cannot vote. Religious, political, and ethnic minorities could lose their voting rights because of the government's disapproval.
Voting is not a right that is afforded to everyone. It is not ratified in the Constitution, and some people, like children or people who aren't citizens, are unable to vote. While voting may be an important part of democracy, it is not something that should inherently be afforded to everyone. It is a privilege that people must earn. Felons have proven that they do not deserve this privilege.
[P1] Voting is a fundamental right. [P2] Those imprisoned should not be deprived of this right. [P3] The government could expand voting criteria to disenfranchise more and more people.
Rejecting the premises
[Rejecting P1] Voting is not an inherent right.