Democracy Restoration Act

Resolution Number SD09.27

Democracy Restoration Act

WHEREAS, 5.3 million American citizens are currently denied the right to vote because they have a criminal conviction in their past and 4 million of these people are out of prison, living in the community, paying taxes and raising families, yet many remain disenfranchised; and

WHEREAS, the United States is one of the few Western democratic nations to exclude such large numbers of people from the democratic process; and

WHEREAS, the current patchwork of laws that disenfranchise people with convictions has created an inconsistent and unfair federal electoral process, perpetuating entrenched racial discrimination;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party Committee urges every member of the U.S. Congress to support efforts to restore voting rights in federal elections to people not in prison or on parole for a felony, as California law so provides.

Fresno County Democratic Central Committee, Gary L. Alford, Chair

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Adopted by the Executive Board
Of the California Democratic Party
At its Executive Board Meeting
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Hotel, San Diego
November 15, 2009

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