Senator Bernie Sanders’s support for inmate voting is that incarcerated persons should be allowed to vote. A top adviser of Sander’s has defended his support for inmate voting, saying “everybody should have the right to vote”.
A senior adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s 2020 presidential campaign defended the Vermont independent’s support for allowing imprisoned felons to vote, calling it a fundamental right for all Americans.
“Everybody should have a right to vote,” Chuck Rocha told Hill.TV during an interview on “Rising.”
“Sure, it may not look good on paper for somebody who has done some violent crime but if you start eliminating people outright where do you stop and where do you start and who does that,” he added.
Vermont is one of just two states that allow inmates to vote from prison.
In April, Sanders called on more states to extend the vote to felons behind bars.
Rocha’s comments come after Sanders released a criminal justice reform plan over the weekend that aims to curb the U.S. prison population.
The proposal calls for a “top to bottom” overhaul of the nation’s criminal justice system. This includes scaling back on long prison sentences, banning private prisons, legalizing marijuana, ending cash bail and addressing police brutality.
The plan also calls for abolishing the death penalty and solitary confinement.
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