It is reported AB-2466 has the support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The organization believes that that laws which disenfranchise minorities are a vestige of Jim Crow. The ACLU notes that “three out of every four men in California prisons are men of color,” which means that “felony disenfranchisement laws are a legacy of Jim Crow.” AB-2466 is “a step towards ending the shameful legacy of Jim Crow in California.”
“While national attention is focused on a few states, many fail to realize that in California voters of color have suffered new restrictions on their right to vote in recent years. I wrote AB 2466 because I want to send a message to the nation that California will not stand for discrimination in voting,” said Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, the author of the bill.
Here is how California compares to other states regarding felon voting rights:
- Felons have the right to vote while behind bars in both Maine and Vermont.
- Voting rights are restored automatically upon release in fourteen states.
- Felons can vote again after completing parole in four states (including California).
- Voting rights are returned after the completion of a sentence thirty-eight states.
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