Proposition 17 explained

Action News Now is taking a look at Proposition 17, which would restore voting rights to felons on parole.

Posted: Oct 19, 2020 6:04 AM

CALIFORNIA – On November 3, California voters will be asked to decide 12 different statewide propositions. Action News Now is taking a look at Proposition 17, which would restore voting rights to felons on parole.

Currently, convicted felons in California can have their voting rights restored -- but only after their sentence and parole are complete.

Prop 17 would restore voting rights to felons who are out of prison but still on parole. It was placed on the ballot by the state legislature.

Proponents point to one study that claims parolees whose voting rights are restored are less likely to commit new offenses. And they say it is an issue of race discrimination -- based on estimates that two-thirds of people on parole are Black or Latino.

Opponents argue a convicted felon's sentence is not complete until the parole is completed.

So, a yes vote on Prop 17 gives convicted felons on parole the right to vote. A no vote says they must wait until their parole is completed.

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