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. Glennis Kidder says:

    Moonbeam is a Democratic idiot whose head is stuck where there is no daylight or air!

  2. Gary says:

    Greed, they should not be allowed while in Jail, Prison. Too much corruption, threats etc while behind bars to vote any way the boss wants you too. Moonbeam has done some stupid sh*t and this is 2nd right under the billions upon billions of dollars the bullet train to nowhere.

    1. Winter says:

      Did you read the article or just close your eyes and pound on the keyboard. They are not in prison nor jail. They have served their sentence, if there was one, and are on probation or community service.

      1. Gary says:

        Yes I did, and I guess you didn’t. It says they can vote while in custody for felonies while in county jails. That’s jail. You can say you f ing made another mistake.

      2. Charlene says:

        obviously you didn’t read the article …. it clearly said that they are in county jails …duh, were you just released? Brown & Weber are idiots

  3. Mark Edwards says:

    If any of these felons were reliable GOP votes, Moonbeam would have them shot.. the border sealed with landmines and Armored Divisions.. this felons must vote, throwing open the border is is about voting illegally and voting fraud on a mass scale..

    “Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego says opponents don’t want to allow certain people to vote.”

    yes, letting criminals vote, allowing democrats like her to stuff the ballot box..

    democrats have long mastered “finding” votes where any sane person would cringe.. Because violent felons and drug dealers will of course vote for the easy on crime party,.. so much of their base vote is on the felon side of the law,.. either felons, would be felons, or family of felons, of course they pander to them, hate law enforcement..

  4. Wilbur Sp says:

    Amazing governors are clearing the way for tens of thousands of felons to vote all of a sudden eh?

  5. JJ says:

    “Low level felonies” Prop 47 BS all over again! Jerry do the state a favor and step down you moron!

  6. Joe H. says:

    ….aaaand the destruction of California continues…

  7. Stan says:

    Here is what the law says according to the California Secretary of State

    Eligibility Requirements
    You can register to vote and vote if you are:

    A United States citizen;
    A resident of California;
    At least 18 years of age or older on or before the next Election Day;
    Not currently imprisoned or on parole for the conviction of a felony; and
    Not currently found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

    Eligible to register and vote:
    In county jail serving a misdemeanor sentence. A misdemeanor never affects your right to vote.
    In county jail because jail time is a condition of probation.
    On probation.
    On mandatory supervision.
    On post-release community supervision.
    Done with parole. Your right to vote is automatically restored when you complete your parole.

    Not eligible to register and vote:
    Currently imprisoned:
    In state prison.
    In county jail serving a state prison sentence.
    Currently on parole.

  8. Jason Hall says:

    I wonder what the California D.A.’s that are up for re-election think about this since they put most of these felons behind bars?

    1. G says:

      I don’t think they’d allow that to be posted online in this country.

  9. Cantankerous__Too says:

    Governor Moonbeam is a Democratic idiot and is suffering from Dementia or Alzheimer’s. He should not have been voted in office, especially after his first time in office. . .

  10. Kenneth D says:

    I guess dead people aren’t enough to win this time around, they need people in jail too now lol…

  11. Robin says:

    I’m so glad I don’t live in that cesspool called California. The governor drank too much kool aid

  12. Voting for Trump as many times as I can. says:

    WOW!!!!! California doing everything they can to promote more voter fraud than they already have. It is no wonder the people of California are referred to as the people from the land of Oz. If it isnt illegals they are giving voting rights to and allowing dead people to vote not they want the criminals in prison to vote. I hope when Trump wins Jerry does build that wall around Cali.

  13. Sanjay Tank says:

    Prisoners should also be given right to access broadband internet.
    Broadband internet should be made basic fundamental human right across the world…

  14. George A Bush says:


  15. ALI says:

    Democrats must be so frightened of Trump winning they are letting criminals and illegal aliens vote …… sad to see a democratic USA go to sh*t under these embarrassments called progressive politicians …..

  16. Ellen J Mattson says:

    Did I miss something? Felons loose their right to vote! What is going on?

  17. That’s a nice little boost to Crooked Hillary

  18. Bet you conservaturds didn’t mind when Nixon, Ollie North and Caspar Weinberger got pardoned,,,,

  19. Judi says:

    Also when polled almost 90% of these felons are Democrats…so they quickly had them register if they hadn’t.

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