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 shares Graham quote calling Ocasio-Cortez 'anti-America' Graham: Trump should focus on policy, not personal attacks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke MORE (R-S.C.) is calling for the Senate to vote on Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Judd Gregg: Counting the costs of Democrats' desires 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'RourkeO'Rourke says he and his wife are descended from slave owners House Democrat on O'Rourke: 'I wouldn't count him out yet' Castro responds to Obama DHS secretary criticism: Open borders are 'a right-wing talking point' MORE (D-Texas) said he would support voting rights for nonviolent offenders; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates Buttigieg: 'Medicare for all,' free college tuition are 'questionable on their merits' League of Conservation Voters withdraws from climate forum after 'offensive' Buttigieg op-ed in New Republic MORE said he does not believe that felons should be able to vote while incarcerated, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisTrump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates Judd Gregg: Counting the costs of Democrats' desires Buttigieg: 'Medicare for all,' free college tuition are 'questionable on their merits' 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 GardnerCongress mobilizes on cyber threats to electric grid The Hill's Morning Report - 2020 jitters hit both parties in the Senate Republicans form conservation caucus to take on environment, climate change 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.