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 GrahamBarr to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday GOP lawmaker makes unannounced trip to northeastern Syria Graham: Trump has 'all the legal authority in the world' to pardon Stone MORE (R-S.C.) is calling for the Senate to vote on Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' 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'RourkeCNN signs Andrew Yang as contributor Krystal Ball: Voters are coming to their own judgements about who is electable Warren campaign to host series of events in Texas MORE (D-Texas) said he would support voting rights for nonviolent offenders; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' Buttigieg to join striking South Carolina McDonald's workers next week MORE said he does not believe that felons should be able to vote while incarcerated, and Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHouse to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Overnight Energy: EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water | Trump budget calls for slashing funds for climate science centers | House Dems urge banks not to fund drilling in Arctic refuge Democratic senators criticize plan that could expand Arctic oil and gas development 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 Gardner8 people arrested outside Trump rally in Colorado for 'obstructed traffic' Trump seeks to boost vulnerable GOP senator with Colorado rally Nonpartisan election forecaster moves Colorado Senate race to 'leans Democratic' 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.