Do Americans Support Allowing Convicts to Vote From Prison?

About 3-in-4 American voters oppose a plan by socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and other elected Democrats to allow convicted felons in local, state, and federal prisons to vote in federal elections from their jail cells, a new poll finds.

The latest Business Insider/SurveyMonkey poll finds that about 75 percent of Americans, or three-in-four, oppose a plan by Democrats to allow all convicted felons, including those currently serving time in prison, to vote in federal elections.

Only about 15 percent of Americans, or about three-in-20, said they supported giving voting rights to convicted felons that would allow them to vote from their prison cells. Likewise, only about 20 percent of Americans said they would support allowing non-violent felons to vote from prison.

Sanders and other elected Democrats like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez first voiced their support for allowing all 1.2 to 1.6 million convicted felons serving time in the prison system to vote from their jail cells last week. The plan would mean that up to 164,000 convicted rapists and 183,000 convicted murderers would be allowed to vote from prison in presidential and congressional elections.

“If you are a citizen, you have the right to vote. And that is a right we must protect because we know the history of this country, we know that women didn’t have the right to vote,” Sanders told supporters last week during a rally in Houston, Texas. “We know that African-Americans didn’t have the right to vote.” (Read more from “Do Americans Support Allowing Convicts to Vote From Prison?” HERE)

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