Voters in the state of California approved voting by parolees and rejected a proposed significant increase in the number of violent felonies in yesterday’s election. That is, voters approved Proposition 17, by a margin of 59 percent to 41 percent, that will allow individuals on parole to vote in future elections. And voters rejected Proposition 20, by a margin of 62 percent to 38 percent, that would have increased the number of violent felonies from 27 to 51.
“ACSOL thanks everyone who followed its recommendations by voting in favor of parolee voting and in opposition to increasing the number of violent felonies,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The voting results on these two ballot propositions is proof that our voices have been heard, that we can make a difference.”
In addition to ACSOL, support for Proposition 17 included the League of Women Voters, ACLU and Californians for Safety and Justice. The primary supporters for Proposition 20 included several law enforcement organizations such as the California Police Chiefs Association, Crime Victims United and the Contra Costa County District Attorney.
“Although the supporters of Proposition 20 spent considerably more money trying to pass that ballot initiative, justice ultimately prevailed in its defeat,” stated Bellucci. “If Proposition 20 had passed, more people, including registrants, would be sent to prison for longer periods of time.”