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Bernie Sanders says felons should be able to vote while in prison


Added 04-07-19 12:57:01pm EST - “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) this weekend reportedly called for more states to join Vermont and Maine in allowing imprisoned felons to vote.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Bernie Sanders says felons should be able to vote while in prison”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Defense: Lawmakers urge Trump not to veto Yemen resolution | Pentagon acknowledges civilian deaths in Somalia for first time | Pompeo 'confident' in third North Korea summit 2020 candidates will have to navigate Dem voters' age divide, says analyst Sanders backs bill creating reparations study commission MORE (I-Vt.) this weekend reportedly called for more states to join Vermont and Maine in allowing imprisoned felons to vote.

"I think that is absolutely the direction we should go," Sanders said at a town hall in Muscatine, Iowa, when asked if more states should extend the vote to felons currently behind bars, according to the Des Moines Register.

"In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That's bad," he said. "But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote.

Sanders’s fellow presidential candidate, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDems want documents on Bernhardt's lobbying work Warren: GOP knows 'if all the votes are counted, we'll win every time' Sanders backs bill creating reparations study commission MORE (D-Mass.), said recently that she endorsed enfranchising felons who have served their sentence, but did not go as far as the Vermont senator regarding voting rights for those currently behind bars, the newspaper noted.

"While they’re incarcerated, I think that’s something we can have more conversation about," she said in Storm Lake, Iowa, according to the Register.

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