Voting Rights for People on Parole: Proposition 17

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Voting Rights for People on Parole: Proposition 17

Voting Rights for People on Parole: Proposition 17

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 who has completed their prison sentence in California. About 50,000 Californians have returned home from prison and 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. Read the official Voter Information Guide to see the exact wording that will be on the November 3rd ballot.

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Background on Prop 17

Prop 17 is the outcome of ACA 6 and AB 646, two bills that successfully passed through 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).