Graham says Senate should vote on Sanders prisoner voting idea

Graham says Senate should vote on Sanders prisoner voting idea
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump declassification move unnerves Democrats Climate change is a GOP issue, too New Yorker cover titled 'The Shining' shows Graham, McConnell, Barr polishing Trump's shoes MORE (R-S.C.) is calling for the Senate to vote on Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP MORE's (I-Vt.) idea of letting inmates in federal prisons vote, arguing that Democrats should go on the record.

"Let’s vote on @BernieSanders idea to allow rapists, murderers, and terrorists to vote from prison. See where every elected official stands!" Graham said in a tweet on Thursday.

 

Sanders said during his CNN town hall earlier this week that all prisoners, including domestic terrorists such as the Boston Marathon bomber, should have the right to vote while they are incarcerated.

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"I do believe that even if they are in jail, they’re paying their price to society, but that should not take away their inherent American right to participate in our democracy," Sanders said.

He doubled down on his position on Thursday, saying that he had "been criticized for saying this, so let me say it again: Every American citizen should have the right to vote, even if they are in jail."

Other 2020 contenders have stoped short of endorsing Sanders's idea.

Former Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that Overnight Energy: Democrats ask if EPA chief misled on vehicle emissions | Dem senators want NBC debate focused on climate change | 2020 hopeful John Delaney unveils T climate plan CNN's O'Rourke town hall finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC MORE (D-Texas) said he would support voting rights for nonviolent offenders; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegJournalism is now opinion-based — not news-based Buttiegieg backs NFL players' right to protest during anthem: I 'put my life on the line to defend' that 2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers MORE said he does not believe that felons should be able to vote while incarcerated, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk MORE (D-Calif.) said there should be a "conversation" on the issue.

The move has sparked backlash from Republicans, who characterize the position as extreme. Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran Graham: Trump officials not adequately briefing on Iran threat MORE (Colo.) posted a series of tweets against the idea, mocking it as the "Supermax Precinct."

Graham, earlier this week, argued that Sanders should come to South Carolina and explain why convicted 2015 Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof should be allowed to vote.

"I look forward to hearing his explanation — in South Carolina — why Dylann Roof should be allowed to vote in the upcoming elections," he said.