Speaking to an audience in Iowa, democratic socialist candidate for president Bernie Sanders insisted that all states need to allow convicts still serving jail time to vote.
Sanders was in Muscatine’s West Middle School gymnasium on Saturday, speaking to Democrats and trying to gin up support for his latest run for president.
“I think that is absolutely the direction we should go,” he said of his criminal voter plan, according to the Des Moines Register.
“In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That’s bad,” he continued. “But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote. I believe in that, yes, I do.”
Fellow Democrat candidate Elizabeth “Fauxcohontas” Warren also said she favors felons getting the vote but stopped shy of jumping on Sanders’ jail-bird voter bandwagon saying only that they should regain their voting rights after serving their time.
Several states have recently been moving in the Democrat’s direction to allow convicts to regain voting rights after serving their time.
States such as Virginia and Florida have passed laws to give felons back their voting rights.
Of course, it is usually only Democrats who push such policies because crooks overwhelmingly vote for Democrats.
It shouldn’t be surprising since most Democrat candidates are crooks, so, you know. Birds of a feather, and all.
A survey from 2014, for instance, found that fully seven in ten felons register as Democrats in states that allow convicts to regain voting rights.
The study found that “Democrats would benefit from additional ex-felon participation,” according to Paul Bedard.
“The authors, professors from the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, found that in some states, felons register Democratic by more than six-to-one,” Bedard wrote. “In New York, for example, 61.5 percent of convicts are Democrats, just 9 percent Republican. They also cited a study that found 73 percent of convicts who turn out for presidential elections would vote Democrat.”
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