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LDF Urges California Governor to Sign Legislation Enabling More Than 50,000 People with Past Felony Convictions to Vote

8/31/16

In a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown, LDF urges the signing of Assembly Bill (AB) 2466, which will codify a recent court decision, Scott v. Bowen, concerning voter eligibility and eliminate residual ambiguity in state law regarding the impact that a felony conviction has on voting. The Bill would amend the California’s Elections Code to codify the Scott ruling and ensure that more than 50,000 people under mandatory and post-release community supervision can vote and participate in our democracy. It will also clarify that, consistent with the California Constitution, eligible voters serving a term in the county jail for low-level, nonviolent offenses are not denied the fundamental right to vote.

Read the full letter here.