Restoring Voting Rights for People on Parole: ACA 6 & AB 646 (McCarty)
Assembly Constitutional Amendment (ACA) 6 and AB 646, the “Free the Vote Act,” would restore voting rights to every person on parole in California. This will require passing an ACA, as well as an Assembly Bill (AB) to put voting rights on the 2020 ballot. Nearly 50,000 people on parole in California are working, paying taxes, and positively contributing to their communities, yet they are unable to vote at any level of government. This system operates as “taxation without representation,” which is antithetical to the founding of this country.
ACA 6 and AB 646 are sponsored by the Free the Vote Coalition, led by Initiate Justice, ACLU of California, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, All of Us or None, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, League of Women Voters of California, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, People Over Profits San Diego, Vote Allies, and White People for Black Lives.
ACA 6 and AB 646 were introduced by Assemblymember Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and are proudly co-authored by Assemblymembers Carrillo (D-Los Angeles), Bonta (D-Oakland), Gipson (D-Carson), Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Kalra (D-San Jose), Kamlager-Dove (D-Los Angeles), Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), and Weber (D-San Diego) and Senator Wiener (D-San Francisco).
You can help us restore voting rights by signing up to be a Free the Vote CA Volunteer: http://bit.ly/FreeTheVoteVolunteer
06/19/19: ACA 6 successfully passed the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee with bi-partisan support with a vote of 6-1. ACA 6 is now headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.