Bernie Sanders says felons should be allowed to vote in prison

By Henry Rodgers

Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said felons should be allowed to vote while in prison, while on the campaign trail Saturday in Iowa.

“I think that is absolutely the direction we should go,” Sanders said at a town hall in Iowa, 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,” the Democratic presidential candidate said. “But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote.”

Florida residents voted in November to restore voting rights to nearly 1.5 million convicted felons. Meanwhile other 2020 presidential candidates, like Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have said felons should have their voting rights restored.

2020 candidates have also said they are open to lowering the voting age to 16, as three Democratic senators running for president told The Daily Caller News Foundation they are open to the idea.

There are now 18 notable Democratic candidates who have said they will run in 2020.

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14 thoughts on “Bernie Sanders says felons should be allowed to vote in prison

  1. As a legal immigrant to this once great country, I am thoroughly appalled by the state of affairs on this voting issue. If you are in jail for breaking the law you are being punished and part of that punishment is losing your freedom and rights of a law abiding citizen. Otherwise, this is just free room and board for prisoners and not a learning experience at all. Bernie Sanders has never held a real job, does not understand rights and came out of the counter culture of the 60’s that has overwhelmed and destroyed out little state of Vermont. Our state has become nothing more than a social experiment for Bernie and his followers with no concept of the destruction they are doing to Vermonters who are frugal but kind people. And because of this fact Vermonters are moving out of this state since living here has become too costly. Watching this destruction of once proud folks is one of the saddest things I have ever encountered………

  2. The law protects our right to vote and those who break the law loose that right! No, Senator Sanders! Grow up and stop acting like a teenager!

  3. Two thoughts. One, I’m embarassed to live in a state where criminals in jail are allowed to vote. Now I understand how the Dem/Prog/Libs stay in power. Two, next thing Bernie will promote is anybody who diied in an election year can have their vote counted as long as it is for the Dems.

  4. Vermont’s ” Barking Buffoon”, when I thought I have heard all the BS that could be spewed
    from this Idiots mouth ………….. Well, I was wrong !!

    I guess when you need a vote you’ll try anything or get anyone you can to vote, what is it
    that Social Sanders doesn’t understand a Convicted Felon still incarcerated, maybe he’s
    worried about losing Jane’s Vote when she’s locked up ??

    So DemocRATs want to eliminate the electoral college and only use the popular vote, so let’s
    see, in the mind of a progressive if you’re an Illegal, Felon, Child or even Dead you should be
    able to vote……..Correct.

    Vermont, you should be proud of this fool.

  5. I thought loosing the right to vote because your in jail as a CRIMINAL was part of the punishment.
    Law means nothing to the little leftist fascist. They don’t want ICE don’t want you to be illegal if your
    illegal. The pandering for votes is getting beyond ridiculous, at least with letting illegals vote in
    local elections they used the excuse they paid local tax. So what TAX do the jail birds pay??
    What do they contribute to society to deserve a vote?? Hell what has Burnee contributed to society
    to deserve having people vote for him?

  6. The leftist premise is, everybody in prison is really innocent, just misunderstood or they had a lousy childhood. That is not reality based. Actually some of those innocent prisoners are actually violent, evil, wicked, rotten people, and the more the bleeding hearts coddle them, the more they laugh at those morons who do not believe they are bad.
    Kinda like politicians. Voting should not be a right for convicts in prison!

  7. Bernie and the other Lefties want indoctrinated kids and illegals to vote also. Almost like they know who those receiving entitlement programs will vote for.

  8. These social/progressive/democrats will do anything to get a vote and that is because if you are a conservative, you have to earn it through legal channels.. These people don’t care about our Country and have no shame to show it, especially screaming Bernie and it’s made him rich…

  9. Of course they should be allowed to vote. But, of course, we know they will vote Democrat. Hey. Why not?? The Dead vote. And they vote Democrat. Illegal aliens, too! What the hell….

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