Currently, the California Constitution disqualifies people with felonies from voting until their imprisonment and parole are completed. Proposition 17 alters the State Constitution to allow people on state parole to register to vote, thereby allowing them to vote. As current state law allows registered voters to run for elective offices, this measure would result in people on state parole being able to run as well. 

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Pro

Proponents of Proposition 17 say the measure will allow parolees to vote on issues that affect them, their families, and their communities. They believe that the law barring parolees from voting is based in a punitive justice system that intentionally attempts to rob marginalized people of their political power.

Con

Opponents say that Proposition 17 will allow criminals avoid making full restitution for their crimes. They say parole must be completed to prove rehabilitation, which would allow for restoration of voting rights.