Speaking during his televised Town Hall event on Fox News Monday evening, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said convicted murderers should be allowed to vote from prison “no matter what kind of terrible things they did.”
“Good question. In my state, I recently researched this. It turns out that in our Constitution in the state of Vermont for hundreds of years everybody has the right to vote.” Sanders said. “I think you make this division, if somebody does something terrible, they’re a rapist or a murderer we send them away. Sometimes we send them away for life, but I also think that integral to who we are as Americans no matter what kind of terrible things you did, you’re paying the price. Maybe you’re in jail for the rest of your life, but you have the right to vote.”
“Every American 18 of age or older who’s a citizen in this country has the right to vote,” he added.
PLAN B: Andrew Gillum Unveils Plan to Register 1 MILLION Florida Democrats Ahead of 2020
Failed Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum unveiled his plan this week to turn the Sunshine State blue during the 2020 presidential election; announcing a new drive to register 1 million more Democrats in the coming months.
Gillum was speaking with Politico when he confirmed the new initiative; saying “We’re looking at a target of 1 million.”
“We’ve got over 3 million people eligible to vote, and that’s to say nothing of the 1.4 million returning citizens,” he added, referring to former felons now permitted to vote in Florida following a state-wide referendum.
“In 2008, Democrats had an advantage of almost 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans when Obama ran,” Gillum said. “In my last race, that advantage had shrunk to the 260,000 range. It was a very precipitous decline.”
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PLAN B: Bernie Sanders Says Felons Should Be Allowed to Vote from Prisons in US Elections
Vermont Senator and Democratic presidential front-runner Bernie Sanders urged state officials across the country to allow imprisoned felons to vote in national elections over the weekend; saying it’s “absolutely the direction we should go.
Sanders was speaking with supporters in Iowa Saturday when he was asked if the imprisoned should be allowed to cast their ballot while serving their jail sentences.
“While Iowa struggles on whether to restore voting rights to felons who have completed their prison sentences, Sen. Bernie Sanders said people convicted of felonies should never lose access to the ballot box in the first place,” writes the Des Moines Register.
“I think that is absolutely the direction we should go,” said Sanders, whose home-state of Vermont and Maine are the only two states in the country to allow incarcerated individuals to vote from behind bars.
“In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That’s bad,” he said. “But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote. I believe in that, yes, I do.”
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