Document Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2019

Capstone Advisor

Kristi Andersen

Capstone Major

Political Science

Capstone College

Arts and Science

Audio/Visual Component

no

Capstone Prize Winner

no

Won Capstone Funding

yes

Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

American Politics | Other Political Science | Political Science

Abstract

Definitions of citizenship in the United States require discussions about political, civil, and social rights. In Florida, over 1.5 million ex-felons experience challenges in defining their citizenship because they have been stripped of their right to vote. However, Florida’s Amendment 4 could positively impact ex-felon citizenship by automatically restoring ex-felons’ voting rights after completing their sentences. Survey data showing approval of ex-felon enfranchisement and interviews of ex-felons barred from voting provide the information used to make claims about how voting rights will affect ex-felons’ citizenship. In this paper, theoretical analyses of the data presented to suggest that public opinion supports ex-felon enfranchisement and that granting voting rights to ex-felons will provide a path towards full citizenship. However, ex-felons who committed severe crimes such as sexual abuse or murder, will continue to experience semi-citizenship due to public disapproval of the immorality of this category of crime.

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