Sen. Bernie Sanders has long fought to restore voting rights for felons who’ve completed their prison sentences.
Now the presidential candidate wants to go a big step further – arguing that those currently behind bars should be able to vote too.
Asked on the campaign trail in Muscatine, Iowa on Saturday if those imprisoned should have the right to vote, the independent senator from Vermont who’s making his second straight bid for the Democratic nomination answered: “I think that is absolutely the direction we should go.”
“In my state, what we do is separate. You’re paying a price, you committed a crime, you’re in jail. That’s bad,” Sanders explained. “But you’re still living in American society and you have a right to vote. I believe in that, yes, I do.”