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In this clip, proposition 17 is discussed which will be on California's ballot for the 2020 election. This decides if people convicted of felonies will be able to vote while on parole which would impact many. In addition, the speakers discuss voting rights in other states for paroles.
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In this clip, proposition 17 is discussed which will be on California's ballot for the 2020 election. This decides if people convicted of felonies will be able to vote while on parole which would impact many. In addition, the speakers discuss voting rights in other states for paroles.
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Prop. 17 would restore voting rights for Californians on parole for a felony. And there's about 40,000 Californians who would get the right to vote if this measure passes. So right now, if you have committed a felony and you're on parole, you cannot vote right. That's right, guy. This may seem like a really basic question, but what exactly is parole, and how long does it usually last? So parole is a period of supervision for people convicted of a felony. It takes place after they leave state prison and pearl terms typically last a few years. But in some cases they could last for the rest of the parolees life. Okay? And it seems like in recent decades the state has generally been moving sort of mawr in the direction of prisoner rights. And this is, you know, something has been playing out, you know, for decades, right? And this has been the case on the national level that we've seen a lot of recent change and push for enfranchisement for people convicted of felonies, people on parole. For most of California's history, this was really not discussed and debated. If you were convicted of felony, you were banned from voting for life even after you're done with your parole, Um, in the sixties and seventies, the state Supreme Court took this up and ultimately said there's not a lot of risk of voter fraud and it's an equal protection violation to deny the right to vote to Californians after they have completed their parole. Then the U. S Supreme Court stepped in and overruled that. They said no. Voting is not a fundamental right for citizens who were convicted of a felony. And it ultimately took a state proposition, Proposition 10 in November of 1974 to extend the right to vote to Californians who completed their parole term. So now here we are all the way in 2020 and Proposition 17 is trying to take that a step further and give the right to vote for people who are currently on parole. And how do we stack up with other states when it comes toe? You know, letting people who have committed felonies vote. California is actually in the middle of the pack on this. 21 states are in the same boat is us where voting rights or restored after the full term or penalty of a sentence. Um, but 16 states have gone further. They let parolees vote, including Oregon and Nevada. So even though California has been at the vanguard of a lot of criminal justice reform when it comes to voting rights, it's actually been kind of in the middle of the pack. Mhm.
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