Bernie Sanders told a crowd at a CNN town hall on Monday that murderers, rapists, and all convicted felons should be allowed to vote while still in prison.
If somebody commits a serious crime- sexual assault, murder, they’re gonna 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.
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But, I think the right to vote is inherent to our democracy. Yes, even for terrible people, because once you start chipping away and you say, ‘That guy committed a terrible crime, not gonna let him vote. Well, that person did that. Not gonna let that person vote,’ you’re running down a slippery slope.
Senator Sanders home state of Vermont is one of two states that allow felons to vote while they are behind bars, with Maine being the other state.
Earlier this month, Sanders called on other states to join Vermont and Maine in allowing convicted felons to vote while they are behind bars.