Voting Rights for People on Parole: ACA 6 & AB 646

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Voting Rights for People on Parole: ACA 6 & AB 646

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, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, League of Women Voters of California, 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), Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Weber (D-San Diego), Mullin (D-South San Francisco), and Senator Wiener (D-San Francisco).

Visit the California Legislative Information page for ACA 6 and AB 646 to follow these bills.

9/6/19 Update: ACA 6 successfully passed the CA Assembly with a 2/3 vote! Next up is the CA State Senate.

6/24/20 Update: By a 2/3 vote, the California Senate passed ACA 6, which places an initiative on the November 3rd ballot to restore the right to vote to all people on parole in the state.