There has been a somewhat rational disagreement, for many years, over whether felons should be able to vote once they’ve served their sentence. Some Republicans and some Democrats have taken both sides of this issue. Bernie has long been on the side of arguing for the restoration of voting rights for felons after they’ve completed their sentence. He is now taking it one step further.
Bernie is now campaigning on a felon's right to vote even while they're in prison. As Bernie was making his rounds, in Iowa, he was asked about prisoners being able to vote.
"In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That's bad," Sanders explained. "But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote. I believe in that, yes, I do.”
Florida passed a constitutional amendment, last year, to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their sentence and some other states are taking up this issue as well.
Last April, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York signed an executive order restoring voting rights for felons on parole. And in 2016, Virginia’s governor at the time, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, took executive action to restore voting rights to former felons.
The question many are asking is: Is this just another way for the Democrats to open a new voting block similar to illegal aliens voting? The RNC thinks so, according to a Fox News article.
“From suggesting that illegal immigrants should be able to vote, to trying to lower the voting age to 16, to now proposing convicted felons behind bars should be able to vote, Democrats are once again trying to rewrite the rules for their own political agenda. When they can’t win at the ballot box, Democrats instead try to rig the system in their favor,” RNC spokesperson Mandi Merritt told Fox News.
What do everyday American citizens think about this issue and the motives behind the Democrat push to let felons vote before completing their sentence?