Squad amendment to restore voting rights to felons, incarcerated individuals fails in House

Democrats, Republicans defeat measure to let those in prison vote in federal elections

The House Tuesday rejected an amendment authored by the progressive Squad to restore voting rights not only to felons but to individuals who are currently incarcerated.

The measure went down in bipartisan defeat with just 97 Democrats voting in favor of the amendment compared with 328 members who voted against – 119 Democrats and 209 Republicans.

Freshman Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., authored the amendment with support from fellow progressive Reps. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and New Jersey’s Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Cori Bush poses for a portrait after beating incumbent Rep.William Lacy Clay in their primary election, in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant - RC2V7I92SNKJ

Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives Cori Bush poses for a portrait after beating incumbent Rep.William Lacy Clay in their primary election, in St Louis, Missouri, U.S. August 5, 2020. REUTERS/Lawrence Bryant – RC2V7I92SNKJ (Reuters)

After the vote failed, Bush tweeted: “For the first time ever, the House took a vote on whether or not to end the cruelty of denying incarcerated people their right to vote. Our amendment didn’t pass, but 97 Democrats voted with us. We will not stop fighting until we dismantle white supremacy in all of its forms.”

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