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Bernie Sanders Says Felons Should Be Allowed To Vote In Prison

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Henry Rodgers Capitol Hill Reporter

Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders said felons should be allowed to vote while in prison, while on the campaign trail Saturday in Iowa.

“I think that is absolutely the direction we should go,” Sanders said at a town hall in Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register.

“In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That’s bad,” the Democratic presidential candidate said. “But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote.”

Florida residents voted in November to restore voting rights to nearly 1.5 million convicted felons. Meanwhile other 2020 presidential candidates, like Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, have said felons should have their voting rights restored. (RELATED: Florida Votes To Restore Voting Rights To 1.5 Million Convicted Felons)

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a Federal Spending Oversight And Emergency Management Subcommittee hearing June 6, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

2020 candidates have also said they are open to lowering the voting age to 16, as three Democratic senators running for president told The Daily Caller News Foundation they are open to the idea.

There are now 18 notable Democratic candidates who have said they will run in 2020.

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