SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to restore the voting rights of convicted felons serving time in county jails.

The bill that Brown announced signing Wednesday also reinstates the voting eligibility of felons on probation or under community supervision beginning next year. It does not affect those in state or federal prisons.

AB2466 stems from California’s criminal justice realignment, which led to some people convicted of low-level felonies serving time in county jails.

Republican lawmakers say felons should not be allowed to cast ballots while serving a sentence, with Sen. Patricia Bates of Laguna Niguel saying it compromises the integrity of elections.

Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego says opponents don’t want to allow certain people to vote. She says civic participation can be a critical part of reducing recidivism.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

Comments (44)
  1. Once out of jail I think ppl should be given their voting rights back. It is just another lunatic Democratic law that some moron dreamed up taking away the voting rights and gun rights.

    1. Persons with a criminal history who
      can register to vote:
      In county jail:
      serving a misdemeanor sentence (a misdemeanor never affects your right to vote)
      Because jail time is a condition of probation (misdemeanor or felony)
      Serving a felony jail sentence
      Awaiting trial
      On probation
      On mandatory supervision
      On post-release community supervision
      On federal supervised release
      A person with a juvenile wardship adjudication

  2. David Brooks says:

    the liberals are working at deluting the citizenship of this country, once out of jail and off of probation. their rights should be restored. but those in jail have no right to vote. period they are under control and influnce of others and have no choice.. the liberals are pass ing laws based on a political agenda. they have destroyed everything they have touched in the last decade and lost thier crediablity and are no longer a reality and they are panicing because the people have had enough, of thier lies and mismanagement, i believe with the next round of elections that the independents will be in control and the liberals will be a dead issue, as they are working overtime to destroy thier voting base.

  3. Jerry Brown should be a felon in prison serving time for fraud ,treason ,and a whole list of other crimes against the people.

  4. Skip Johnson says:

    They should not be allowed to breed!!!

  5. Cheryl Plato says:

    well that figures as moonbeam is the friend of murderers rapists and illegals, and the enemy of law abiding citizens and taxpayers.

  6. Walt Craig says:

    Moonbeam has legislation in the works that will permit all of MEXICO to vote in Californications elections!!!!

  7. Bruce Hunter says:

    First of all, there is a reason felons aren’t allowed to vote. Since the prisoners are under the controll of the state, they can be easily coerced into voting for whoever happens to be in charge at the time, thus guaranteeing a block of votes. Second, it is time to get this power-hungry dirtbag out of office. Come on, even democrats can see this is a problem!

  8. holdergwt says:

    Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown is an IDIOT !!!!!

  9. I don’t know the laws in CA, but here in AZ you have to petition the courts to have your rights restored. And that is only after you have paid your debt to society! Not all felons are bad people!

  10. But they still don’t have to serve on jury duty? That sucks.

  11. Nathaniel Sloan says:

    People should be allowed to vote if they are not felons or their felonies occurred more than 5 years ago. There are many more Democrats in prison than Republicans. There’s a reason they don’t want us to have our guns. But I will say that there should be a difference between jails, correctional facilities, and prisons. Jails should be temporary (one month or less) holding facilities for drug charges, warrant arrests, unpaid tickets, awaiting trial, etc. Correctional facilities should be just that, places meant for correcting and rehabilitating. Teach them to respect life, give them morals and an education. Give them their rights back and expunge their records after a probationary period. Prison needs to be for the most hardened, evil people out there. People who through no amount of education or rehabilitation will respect other’s property or life.

  12. James Wood says:

    illegal felons can not vote

  13. is there no one who can take that Brown criminal out of office for some illegal acts he is doing?
    he allows illegal criminals to vote also. maybe he can recruit some of Hillary’s Chinese spys to vote democrat.

  14. This idiot DOES NOT represent the law abiding, tax paying American citizens who live in California. He is too busy representing the best interests of illegals, anchor babies and FELONS! Remove Brown from office now! He is doing as much damage to the state of California as he can before he leaves office!

  15. Ant Hed says:

    You do not know what you have until you lose it. The liberal left has ruined SF and LA is following…not to mention NYC and others. The left, right and middle have all been co-opted and bought. Capitalism’s ugly side is not being addressed because we have no statesmen or protectorates to keep it in check. Trump I hope is that one lone voice in this swamp.

    The call for Socialism and its ilk are the useful idiots who do not seem to appreciate or realize that the rich who support the far left agenda have their guarded retreats with large gardens, limousines and helicopters. Ever been to a third world country? That is exactly what they are like. Super rich and all the rest eating dirt…but hey, they are all eating dirt together en mass with no hope in sight.

    What made America great was her great middle class – now an endangered species. Instead of the focus on ‘culture-language-borders’ as the glue that binds a people together the sophists spew and hurl vitriolic epithets at those who wish to retain the laws, values and cultural attributes that has allowed this country to flourish.

    No doubt we are hardly a perfect country…but show me one that is better. This does not mean we sit on our laurels or not scrutinize the error of our ways. In fact, the greatness of America is her resiliency and ability to transform.

    You want China to be your leading nation? How about Russia? If you even think yes you ought to get your ass out of this country now and go live your dream.

  16. where is the CA oversight committee? This is overreaching government control at its finest. I don’t pay taxes for this! Brown is supposed to represent the needs of law-abiding tax-paying citizens in CA. Where’s our rights? Where’s Brown’s decency and common sense? All just to keep power- for his useless train to nowhere that nobody wants.

  17. Tekla Broz says:

    Sacramento CBS: THIS HEADLINE IS INCORRECT AND MISLEADING. If you read the full article you find the bill only allows those on probation or serving community service to vote, not those actually in jail. WHY ARE YOU MISLEADING THE PUBLIC. Just look at the string of venom recorded here in this comment thread. You should be ashamed of yourselves as journalists. Please PRINT A FULL RETRACTION OF YOUR ERROR.

  18. Brad Ziel says:

    Just goes to show you that when you are a law abiding, tax-paying citizen living in CA, your vote means nothing compared to what pandering for votes from illegal immigrants, convicted felons, homeless people and billionaire movie moguls mean, right?

  19. Another reason why, when Californians threatened to secession from the US, most of us say, “meh!”

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