SAN FRANCISCO (AP/CBS SF) – A ballot measure restoring the right to vote for felons on parole has been decisively passed by California voters.
Proposition 17, which more than 60 percent of voters had approved late Tuesday, will change the state Constitution to allow an estimated 50,000 felons on parole to vote.READ MORE: East Bay Homebuyers Pay $200-400K Over Asking As Home Prices Soar To Record Levels
Supporters said the parolees have paid their debt to society and should be able to shape the policies that affect their lives. Opponents said restoring rights early to felons is a slap in the face to their victims.
Authored by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, a Democrat representing the 7th Assembly District, Prop 17 garnered support from lawmakers in Northern California. Last September, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously to endorse the measure.READ MORE: Piedmont School District Apologizes for Offering 'White Student Support Group' After Chauvin Verdict
Passage now places California alongside 19 other states that already allow residents on parole for felony convictions to vote upon finishing their sentences and being released.
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