Daily Question: Should Parolees Be Allowed to Vote?
On Thursday, the California State Assembly voted 54-19 to move ACA-6 forward which would allow for parolees to vote—the measure needed 54 votes to pass. The bill now moves onto the State Senate where if approved, it would be on the 2020 ballot. If voters approve it, then parolees would be allowed to vote in future elections. The bill is estimated to allow as many as 50,000 parolees a chance to vote.
Locally, Assemblymembers Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, Tim Grayson, and Buffy Wicks all supported it. Meanwhile, Assemblyman Jim Frazier opposed it.
According to the Bill:
The California Constitution requires the Legislature to provide for the disqualification of electors while mentally incompetent or imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony. Existing statutory law, for purposes of determining who is entitled to register to vote, defines imprisoned as currently serving a state or federal prison sentence.
This measure would instead direct the Legislature to provide for the disqualification of electors who are serving a state or federal prison sentence for the conviction of a felony. This measure would also delete the requirement that the Legislature provide for the disqualification of electors while on parole for the conviction of a felony. The measure would provide for the restoration of voting rights upon completion of the prison term.