The New Jersey Assembly Appropriations Committee held hearings on Assembly Bill No. 5823 on Thursday. The bill will allow New Jerseyans on probation or parole to vote giving 71,500 convicted of crimes who are not currently permitted to vote the ability to do so. The law currently allows those convicted to have their voting rights restored once they complete their sentence. Apparently New Jersey Democrats do not feel people should pay their debt to society before having voting rights restored. The current bill does not allow for those incarcerated to vote but one of the bill’s sponsors Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D, Union) hopes to change that.
According to a poll on the NJ 101.5 web site 83.8% of respondents do not support the bill but since when do New Jersey Democrats care what New Jersey citizens think? Why do we expect that Democrats in New Jersey will compete fairly?
Republican State Senator Jim Holzapfel, a former Ocean County Prosecutor, said “by removing one of the important penalties associated with criminal convictions, Democrats would eliminate a significant deterrent to committing crime that could negatively impact public safety.”
Assemblyman Dave Wolf (R, Ocean) said “this is all part of the false narrative being advanced by the progressive Democrats who run New Jersey that criminals are the real victims.”
Assemblyman Greg McGuckin (R, Ocean) said “this legislation is a dangerous first step by Democrats that will lead to incarcerated prisoners voting from their jail cells.”
The bill is sponsored by;
Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D, Bergen and Passaic)
Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D, Essex)
Assemblyman Jamel Holly (D, Union)
Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D, Essex and Passaic)
Congratulations to our Democrat controlled Assembly for putting partisan politics before the interests of the people of New Jersey once again.
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There were more than 56,000 people on probation last year, additional 15,500 were on parole