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California signs legislation restoring voting rights to felons upon release from prison

Recently, lawmakers in California signed into law a bill that would restore voting rights to parolees and felons upon their release from prison. 

Prior to the introduction of this bill, the California state Constitution prohibits felons and parolees from voting in any elections both state and federal. With this new provision, prisoners and incarcerated people would be granted their right to vote like law abiding citizens. Within the state Constitution it is outlined that those on probation already have the right to vote. According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, The new measure, Proposition 17, will affect about 50,000 criminals and felons. In November of last year, early bills were written introducing the measure.

According to a report from The Hill, “The measure won support from prominent California Democrats, including vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, who wrote the initiative. It passed with 59 percent of the vote, according to a projection by The New York Times.” Representative Kevin McCarthy commented on his bill, saying, “Prop. 17 gives Californians the chance to right a wrong and restore voting rights for a marginalized community and people of color.” McCarty continued, “This is good for democracy and good for public safety.” The latest development in this story grants felons with the right to vote, as previously they were left out of the inclusion.

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ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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