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Old 03-07-2012, 08:28 PM
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Default Case would let thousands of Calif. criminals vote

http://news.yahoo.com/case-let-thous...193650198.html


, Calif. (AP) — The nonpartisan League of Women Voters and two prisoners' rights groups sued California elections officials on Wednesday, claiming that tens of thousands of criminals being shifted to county jails and community supervision should be eligible to vote.
The state's new realignment law that took effect in October is sending lower-level offenders to county jails instead of to state prisons, where they are barred from voting. It also ends parole for many ex-convicts, substituting a similar program called "post-release community supervision" instead.
The plaintiffs said more than 85,000 offenders who are no longer in state prison or on parole should be allowed to vote in the June primary election.

Felons' voting rights are being debated in statehouses across the nation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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