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Bernie Sanders: Felons Should Be Able To Vote From Behind Bars

Bernie Sanders: Felons Should Be Able To Vote From Behind Bars”

"While most states disenfranchise felons, Sanders said the convicted still have a right to participate in elections", the Register reported.

At a recent event town hall in Sioux City, Iowa, Beto O'Rourke-who, I'm just now realizing, looks like the adult version of every boy I had a crush on in the 90s-found himself on the receiving end of a public promposal.

"But you're still living in American society and you have a right to vote", Sanders said.

Several states disenfranchise citizens convicted of felonies-though some states, such as Florida, have been pressured to change their laws to allow people who have served their sentences to vote.

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Thirteen states and Washington, D.C. now specifically prohibit felons from voting only while incarcerated.

Sanders may not be championing prisoners' rights out of the goodness of his heart. Fifteen states automatically restore voting rights after release from prison. But she did not go so far as to extending that right to those now behind bars. Currently, only ME and Vermont let felons retain their voting rights while incarcerated, which the senator noted on Saturday. Almost half the country only restores the right to vote after the convicted felon completes their full sentence, even after release, meaning they cannot vote until after completing any parole or probation.

"I am disappointed in today's setback, but I will not give up the fight for Iowans who deserve a second chance", Reynolds said in a statement soon after the Iowa senate removed it from their agenda. If your point is, open the borders, my god, there's a lot of poverty in this world and you're going to have people from all over the world, and I don't think that is something we can do at this point. State Republicans criticized Sanders and other Democrats for politicking in Iowa while the state recovers from Missouri River flooding that has caused a crisis.



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