SACRAMENTO — The California Assembly on Thursday narrowly approved putting a measure on the ballot next year that would let tens of thousands of parolees vote in future elections.
California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and other advocates say ending the ban on voting would help nearly 50,000 felons adjust to being back in the community after serving their time.
The constitutional amendment now goes to the Senate for consideration before the Legislature adjourns next week for the year.
It would not need the approval of Gov. Gavin Newsom to appear on the November 2020 ballot.
Parolees currently are barred from registering to vote in local, state and federal elections.
California is known for being progressive on voting rights and criminal justice issues, but it trails many other states on voting by parolees, said Democratic Assemblyman Kevin McCarty of Sacramento, who proposed the amendment.