Bernie Sanders: Felons Should Be Allowed to Vote While Serving Prison Time

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said in Iowa Saturday that felons should not lose their right to vote even if they are still serving their prison sentence.

Sanders is one of at least 14 official candidates trying to capture the Democratic nomination for 2020.

"In my state, what we do is separate".

Sanders said open borders were quote "not his thing".

"The problem, though, that I believe, is whether you're in the majority or the minority, I think you have to protect minority rights. I believe in that, yes, I do".

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"And I don't think that's something that we can do at this point", said Sanders, who does support free college tuition and universal health care. Elizabeth Warren recently saying she backs the restoration of voting rights to those who have completed their prison terms.

Mr Sanders won more than 20 primary contests against Ms Clinton in 2016 as a clear outsider and supporters argue popular demand for the senator's brand of self-described democratic socialism has not decreased. The consideration is being made because Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) has advocated for it.

Asked at a town hall meeting in Muscatine, Iowa, whether prisoners should retain the right to vote, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was resolute. A bill created to do just that - expand voting rights to the formerly incarcerated - is now on hold in the Iowa legislature for a year after it was voted down.

Several states disenfranchise citizens convicted of felonies-though some states, such as Florida, have been pressured to change their laws to allow people who have served their sentences to vote. They are doing it because it buys them votes. "There's more work to do, but I am committed to getting this done". U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics data from 2013 showed America has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

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