Proposition 17 is a ballot initiative that will be on the November 3rd, 2020, California ballot. If passed by voters, Prop 17 would restore voting rights to every person on parole in California. 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.
Prop 17 is the outcome of ACA 6 and AB 646 successfully passing the CA legislature in 2020. On June 24th, 2020, the CA Senate voted with a 2/3 majority to place ACA 6 on the November ballot. Both were 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 were 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).
Update: Prop 17 has been given its official Title & Summary that will be seen on the November 3rd ballot. Check out the official ballot language!
We will need all the help we can get to mobilize California to vote #YESonProp17! If you would like to get involved and help us make history, please consider volunteering with our ballot campaign.