Propositioned on Prop 17 - Deciding on a Parolees' Right to Vote


One of this year's ballot measures will see voters in California deciding on an issue at the intersection of criminal justice reform and suffrage - Proposition 17 will give voters the chance to decide whether to restore the right to vote for parolees in California.

Here's what your vote means:

  • A "yes" vote supports this constitutional amendment to allow people on parole for felony convictions to vote.
  • A "no" vote opposes this constitutional amendment, thereby continuing to prohibit people who are on parole for felony convictions from voting

If passed, Proposition 17 would amend the state constitution to restore voting rights to persons who have been disqualified from voting while serving a prison term as soon as they complete their prison term.

Right now, California law requires that anyone who has been convicted of a felony must complete their prison and parole sentences before can regain their right to vote. However, if Prop. 17 passes, that would be limited to only those serving in prison and those people who have been granted parole would regain their ability to vote.

Kris Ankarlo spoke with both sides of the issue to help us get a better understanding of the issue:

Guests:

Republican State Senator Jim Nielsen of Red Bluff

Yes on 17 Campaign Manager Shay Franco-Clausen

John Windham, parolee, 18 months out after a 30 year term

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