Restoring voting rights to low-level felons is the right move for California

The San Francisco Chronicle

California will now support voting rights for felons on post-release community supervision under realignment, a decision that places the state at the center of a nationwide conversation about the restoration of felon voting rights. On Tuesday, Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced that his office wouldn’t appeal an Alameda County Superior Court decision to grant voter registration eligibility to these lower-level offenders. “If we are serious about slowing the revolving door at our jails and prisons, and serious about reducing recidivism, we need to engage — not shun — former offenders,” said Padilla in his prepared remarks Tuesday. “Voting is a key part of that engagement.” Read full Article

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