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ACSOL Urges “NO” on Prop. 20, “YES” on Prop. 17

The Alliance for Constitutional Sex Offense Laws (ACSOL) urges registrants, their families and supporters to vote “NO” on Proposition 20 and to vote “YES” on Proposition 17.  Both propositions are included on the November 2020 ballots.

If passed, Proposition 20 would significantly increase the number of violent felonies from 27 to 51, resulting in harsher sentences and longer prison terms.  Of that total, the number of violent sex offenses would also increase significantly from 9 to 14.  In addition, Proposition 20 would require the collection of DNA from individuals convicted of a misdemeanor offense.

According to a report issued by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, passage of Proposition 20 would cost the state of California more than $450 million a year and cost every county in the state at least $5 million a year.  A chart regarding the cost to each county can be found on pages 14 and 15 of the report.

Proposition 17, if passed, would significantly increase the number of people eligible to vote in future elections by allowing individuals on parole to vote.  Individuals currently on probation are already eligible to vote.

According to statements in the Official Voters Guide, individuals on parole are already allowed to vote in 19 states.  Those who support Proposition 17 have stated that a Florida study found that “people who have completed their prison sentences and had their voting rights restored were less likely to commit crimes in the future.

“Because ACSOL is a non-profit organization recognized by the IRS, it cannot support or oppose any person running for office,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci.  “The IRS rules, however, allow ACSOL and other non-profit organizations to support or oppose ballot propositions.”

 

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  1. C

    Exactly how I voted. Dropped my ballot in the mailbox a few days ago.

    • Janice Bellucci

      @C – Thank you for voting early! Thanks you also for voting NO on Prop. 20 and YES on Prop. 17. I have done the same.

      • Dph&jtc

        We BOTH voted early and dropped.ooff in metal secured City box by the County. Same Janice Yes 17/NO no no on 20.
        Thx so much for details of.props and right correct information to make informed decisions

  2. Dustin

    Confused – why are non-profit organizations not allowed to endorse candidates?

    • Interested Party

      @Dustin

      IRS code for what keeps an organization legally tax exempt … as to the reasoning behind why they prohibit that … that I will leave to others to speculate on

    • Dustin

      The reasoning is what I was asking for.

      • Janice Bellucci

        @Dustin – The IRS did not give us a reason. Instead, they gave us a rule: non-profits cannot oppose or support any person running for office. Because we want to maintain our status as a non-profit, we follow that rule.

    • dph

      Roger or higher can respond better Dustin, but no non profit as they are just that, they get governmental tax breaks Fed and State and do not :VOICE opinion for.that reason. Non-profits have advantages over for profit and are advantageous to out communities, most are positive for us. The People.and some stand for.others alike Mothers Against Drunk Driving [i.e., MADD] for.helping and turning after running the org.profits are fed back into the community

  3. Bill

    That’s what I did and dropped it in the ballot box today. That and every family member in my home…

  4. MLinCA

    Janice,
    What about Prop. 25?

    • Janice Bellucci

      @MLinCA – ACSOL has only taken a position and is therefore only making recommendations regarding Propositions 17 and 20.

    • AW

      For what it’s worth, I voted no, based on the fact that Prop. 25 would call for probation officers to be assigned to those charged of crimes in lieu of bail. I am not sure that passes constitutional mustard, but no way in hell should anyone have to answer to a p.o. when they haven’t even been convicted of anything yet. I do not assign any evil intent to the writers or backers of Prop. 25, but I do not feel it was well thought out in this regard.

      • M C

        A P.O. or supervision in lieu of bail might not pass Constitutional muster however giving a defendant choice between Bail with conditions / conditional release no bail and Unconditional bail is done in a lot of places and seems to pass because one can choose not to be supervised by paying a higher bail. In practice most take the cheapest option.

  5. Kind of living

    Voted

  6. Marty

    When the sisters of Polly Klaas officially come out against Prop 20, there’s hope for the world. The only reason I haven’t voted yet… Dad and I both huge Dodger fans. Dodger Stadium will have polls opening Oct. 30. Will be there to remember him and do my civic duty at the ultimate voting location!

  7. David⚜️

    I done did it! Voted as suggested here! 👍😁

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