Kim Kardashian advocates restoring ex-felon voting rights at California Capitol

Kim Kardashian West visited the California Capitol this week to advocate for a state bill to restore voting rights to ex-felons.

According to The Sacramento Bee, the Free the Vote Act would allow nearly 50,000 parolees in California to regain the right to vote.

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State Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D), who co-authored the bill with State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D), on Monday shared a photo of himself and the reality star together at the Capitol.

“Look who’s here to endorse criminal justice reform and #FreeTheVote,” McCarthy said in the tweet.

 

Other members of the Legislature also shared photos of Kardashian West's visit to Sacramento.

 

Kardashian West has been an advocate for a number of criminal justice reform causes in recent years. Her trip to the California capital comes several months after she advocated for an assembly bill that barred male correctional officers being able to conduct pat-down searches on female inmates, according to the Bee.

Shortly after Kardashian West’s push, then-Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill including the measure.

Kardashian West also captured headlines last year after she visited the White House to ask President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls for Republicans to be 'united' on abortion Tlaib calls on Amash to join impeachment resolution Facebook temporarily suspended conservative commentator Candace Owens MORE to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old woman who was serving a life sentence on nonviolent drug and money laundering charges at the time.

A week later, in June 2018, Trump granted clemency to Johnson, who had been convicted for her involvement with communication in a cocaine trafficking operation.

She was expected to be released in December 2016 by former President Obama when he granted clemency to 231 people but was passed over at the time.