El Paso’s presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke says he’s open to allowing some prisoners to vote.
The Democrat spoke at the “She the People” presidential forum focusing on women of color.
Prisoners’ voting rights have been a debate among Democratic White House hopefuls.
“I would think that especially for nonviolent offenders, that we rethink removing the right to vote and allow everyone or as many as possible to participate in our democracy,” O’Rourke said. “For violent criminals, it’s much harder for me to reach that conclusion.”
Senator Bernie Sanders wants to allow all prisoners to vote. Former Housing and Development Secretary Julian Castro is open to allowing only non-violent offenders.
However, South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is against felons voting in prison.