If we allowed long-term illegal immigrants to vote, what wouldn't stop people who moved in a week ago from voting - people who have no previous knowledge of the issues or candiadates?
And if we allowed short-term illegal immigrants to vote, then why shouldn't foreigners be allowed to vote? If an illegal immigrant can vote for the US president, then why can't a British citizen vote on the US presient? After all, in our country, they have the same citizenship status - that is, no citizenship.
Mmhmm. Why not let foreigners vote? Doesn't US policy affect them too?
My point is: The system might be slightly unfair to illegal immigrants
And legal immigrants
who have lived and worked in our country for many years, but tehcnically they have no entitlement to that right.
And if we allowed them to vote, what's stopping countries full of other people from voting for something that barely affects them?
How many of the millions of current voters are directly affected by abortion legality or the death penalty? We vote about stuff which barely affects us all the time. But I doubt people would travel to vote for something which doesn't affect them. Even Americans don't. So people would only vote if they were affected. And if they're affected they should have the vote.
As for felons, it's punishment for committing the crime - you've lost a privelage, like a child who doesn't get snacks because he hit his sister, or something to that effect. I don't think it's a huge deal, because most people will go to jail wouldn't have voted anyway.
What about the jail time? Isn't THAT the punishment? Voting should have nothing to do with whether or not someone is a felon. It's verging on cruel and unusual. Definitely unusual.
I don't know what the law is in the US, but in Australia if I didn't vote I would have been fined
In most countries, voting is nonmandatory. Nothing happens if you don't vote.
If anyone could vote voting would have no purpose and would become chaos.
No doubt what they said about giving women and black men the vote. There would be a purpose, and it would be the same purpose there is now. To get a voice in government.
Other nationalities would flood to our own just to vote and screw things up.
No, only those who felt strongly about something about laws in the United States. Which would be few people, because it wouldn't affect them. Unless they worked in the US or something, so it did affect them, so it would be a good thing they could vote.
If children were able to vote they would lack the knowledge one who votes should have, not that most people do anyway. They would also probably be influenced by parents and just do what they're told. Not to mention publicity would change as well. Let's be the cool pres the kids like!
THAT is a legitimate arguement. Children who cannot make decisions about their clothing for the day shouldn't be allowed to vote.