Ocasio-Cortez Joins Bernie, Backing Voting Rights for Felons
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Ocasio-Cortez, the freshman Democrat from New York who has emerged as a de facto spokesperson for the party’s progressive wing, weighed in after Sen. Bernie Sanders came under criticism for proposing that people in prison for any reason should be allowed to cast a ballot.
To avoid looking completely + utterly out of touch w/ the reality our prison system:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 25, 2019
Instead of asking, “Should the Boston Bomber have the right to vote?”
Try, “Should a nonviolent person stopped w/ a dime bag LOSE the right to vote?”
Bc that question reflects WAY more people.
When asked during a CNN town hall Monday night if incarcerated felons like the Boston Marathon bomber or those convicted of sexual assault should be eligible to vote while serving their sentences, Sanders firmly replied, “the right to vote is inherent to our democracy, yes, even for terrible people.”
“As it happens, in my own state of Vermont, from the very first days of our state's history, what our Constitution says is that everybody can vote,” he said. “So people in jail can vote.”
Sanders continued: “If somebody commits a serious crime, sexual assault, murder, they're going to be punished. They may be in jail for 10 years, 20 years, 50 years, their whole lives. That's what happens when you commit a serious crime.”
If Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez get their way, 183,000 convicted murderers in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons will have the right to vote.