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Should People On Parole Be Allowed To Vote In California?

An early voting and registration sign is shown inside the San Diego Registrar...

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Above: An early voting and registration sign is shown inside the San Diego Registrar of Voters' office, Feb. 18, 2020.

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This November, California voters will decide whether the state should restore voting rights to nearly 40,000 people on parole for a felony.

Aired: June 29, 2020 | Transcript

The California legislature approved putting a measure on the November ballot that asks voters whether people on parole for a felony should have a right to vote.

While people incarcerated in local jails or on probation are allowed to vote, those serving time in a state prison or on parole are stripped of their voting rights.

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Supporters say the current ban disenfranchises a disproportionate number of Black and Latino voters. Opponents believe taking away voting rights is part of the price people should pay for committing a crime.

There are more than 40,000 Californians on parole.

Taina Vargas-Edmond, executive director of Initiate Justice, an advocacy group sponsoring the proposal, joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss why this is a matter of racial justice.

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