Liberals are pro-criminal and no doubt want these prisoners to vote for…Obama.
From Political Blotter:
Three groups sued California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and San Francisco’s elections director Wednesday, asking the court to ensure that more than 85,000 people sent to county jails instead of state prisons under the recent “realignment” can vote.
Who is going to take 85,000 criminals out of jail and to the voting booths? I hope California taxpayers understand what these liberal groups are trying to do because they will be the ones covering the bill for criminals to vote.
All of Us or None, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, and theLeague of Women Voters of California contend that low-level, non-violent offenders should be able to cast ballots this year and beyond.
They are incarcerated…probably for violating others rights…but liberals love criminals because they are generally liberal with the law and vote Democrat.
The state’s First District Court of Appeal ruled in 2006 that people serving county jail terms as a condition of felony probation are entitled to vote under California law. Bowen in December issued a memo to county clerks and registrars advising them that no felon sentenced to county jail instead of state prison under realignment is eligible to vote. The state Justice Department backed Bowen up in a letter issued Monday.
This new lawsuit, also filed to the First District appellate court, argues people sent to county jail under realignment are neither “imprisoned in state prison” or “on parole as a result of the conviction of a felony” – the statuses under which the state constitution would deprive them of voting rights, under the 2006 case.
Excluding Californians with criminal convictions from voting is at odds with the California Constitution and contradicts a central purpose of realignment, which is to stop the state’s expensive revolving door of incarceration by rehabilitating and reintegrating individuals back into society, the lawsuit argues. The plaintiffs seek a court order letting such people register for November’s election before the Oct. 22 deadline.
Bowen’s spokeswoman said the office won’t comment on pending litigation.
The three organizations are represented by lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the Social Justice Law Project, theLawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.