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Bernie Sanders supports letting jailed felons vote in elections


Added 04-09-19 09:11:02pm EST - “The Vermont senator says prisoners "have a right to vote."” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Bernie Sanders supports letting jailed felons vote in elections”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said over the weekend that convicted felons should retain their right to vote, even if they are serving time behind bars.

Asked at a town hall meeting in Muscatine, Iowa, whether prisoners should retain the right to vote, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was resolute.

“I think that is absolutely the direction we should go,” Sanders said, according to the Des Moines Register.

Vermont and Maine are the only two U.S. states where imprisoned felons are not stripped of their voting rights. Fourteen states and the District of Columbia suspend voting rights for those imprisoned, while automatically restoring the franchise upon their release. In 22 states, felons lose the right to vote while incarcerated as well as for some period thereafter, such as while on parole. Conviction of a felony results in the indefinite loss of voting rights in 12 states.

“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. I believe in that, yes, I do.”

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