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Proposition 17: Measure allowing felons on parole to vote passes in California

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Posted at 5:54 AM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 08:54:45-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A ballot measure restoring the right to vote for felons on parole has been decisively passed by California voters.

Proposition 17, which nearly 60 percent of voters had approved, will change the state Constitution to allow an estimated 50,000 felons on parole to vote.

Supporters said the parolees have paid their debt to society and should be able to shape the policies that affect their lives.

Opponents said restoring rights early to felons is a slap in the face to their victims.