Reps. Anna Eshoo and Eric Swalwell Endorse Proposition 17; 63% of California’s Likely Voters Support the Measure

For Immediate Release

September 30, 2020

Contact: Shay Franco-Clausen, media@yeson17.vote, 408-966-8157

SACRAMENTO, CA – Today, the Yes On Prop 17 campaign announced endorsements from Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, multiple advocacy organizations, and many more for Proposition 17. The November ballot measure would restore voting rights to all Californians who have completed their prison terms. The proposition is supported by 63% of California’s likely voters.

The Yes On Prop 17 campaign has also secured endorsements from a wide range of Californians and California institutions, including Annie Gonzalez (Gentefied, Shameless), Asian Americans Advancing Justice, the California Federation of Teachers, the California Immigrant Policy Center, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, Jewish Center for Justice, Justice LA, Los Angeles Times, MALDEF, NARAL Pro-Choice California, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and UNITE-LA. (The complete list of endorsers is below.)

The Yes On Prop 17 campaign also released poll results showing that 63% of likely California voters support Proposition 17 (31% against, 6% undecided or no answer). Among Democrats, support for the measure is 86%, among independents that figure is 68%.

The poll, conducted by David Binder Research between August 13 and 17, tested voter opinions by using Proposition 17’s official ballot label and included online interviews in English and Spanish with 800 Californians likely to vote in November 2020.

“Proposition 17 is about justice, and Californians understand that,” said Taina Vargas-Edmond, the executive chair of Yes On Prop 17 and cofounder and executive director of Initiate Justice. “That’s why we’re seeing such high poll numbers and such a wide range of support for this ballot initiative. People who have completed their prison terms should be able to vote. Period. Denying nearly 50,000 Californians of their voice does nothing good for our communities. In fact, it makes reentering society after prison even more difficult than it already is.”

The poll results can be found here.

Proposition 17 would amend California’s constitution to restore voting rights to all Californians who have completed their prison terms.

If the measure is approved, California would join Washington, D.C., and 17 other states, both red and blue, that automatically restore voting rights upon release from prison. California will also become the first state to restore voting rights via statewide ballot measure since the 2018 passage of Amendment 4 in Florida.

Endorsements of Proposition 17 as of today:

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, Congressman Ro Khanna, Congressman Eric Swalwell, Governor Gavin Newsom, Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis, Secretary of State Alex Padilla, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, Assemblymember Kevin McCarty, Assemblymember Marc Berman, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo, Assemblymember David Chiu, Assemblymember Kansen Chu, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, Assemblymember Mike Gipson, Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Assemblymember Marc Levine, Assemblymember Evan Low, Assemblymember Ash Kalra, Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Assemblymember Luz Rivas, Assemblymember Mark Stone, Assemblymember Shirley Weber, California State Board of Equalization Chair Malia Cohen, Candidate for State Senate District 15 Ann Ravel, Former State Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de León, State Senator Jim Beall, State Senator Scott Weiner, and State Senator Bob Wieckowski.

City of Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín, City of Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, City of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose Vice Mayor Charles “Chappie” Jones, City of Berkeley, City of Long Beach, City of San Jose, City of West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, and Santa Clara County.

American Probation and Parole Association, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Essie Justice Group, Justice LA, Law Enforcement Action Partnership, Restore Justice, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, Smart Justice California, Transformative In-Prison Workgroup, and Transforming Justice Orange County.

Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice, Jewish Center for Justice, Jewish Community Relations Council, Multi-faith ACTION Coalition, National Council of Jewish Women, and Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California.

AFSCME, AFSCME 3299, California Federation of Teachers, California Labor Federation, California Medical Association, California Primary Care Association, California Psychological Association, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, SEIU California, and Valley Industry & Commerce Association.

East Bay Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Times, The Mercury News, The Orange County Register, The Press-Enterprise, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and San Francisco Chronicle.

Activist Kimberly Ellis, actress Annie Gonzalez, Advancement Project California, Alice B. Toklas LGBTQ Democratic Club, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asian Solidarity Collective, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice, Black Women Organizing for Political Action, Cal Berkeley Democrats, California Common Cause, California Democratic Party Black Caucus, California Democratic Party LGBT Caucus, California Democratic Party Progressive Caucus, California Democratic Party, California Environmental Justice Alliance Action, California Health Advocates, California High School Democrats, California Immigrant Policy Center, California League of Conservation Voters, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, California Young Democrats, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Clairemont Democratic Club, Courage California, Dignity and Power Now, East Bay Young Democrats, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, End Citizens United, Equality California, Evolve California, Fair Chance Project, Friends Committee on Legislation of California, Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club, Homeboy Industries, Homies Unidos, Human Impact Partners, Indivisible CA: StateStrong, La Defensa, Let America Vote, MALDEF, NARAL Pro-Choice California, Northern California Grantmakers, Outten & Golden LLP, Pasadenans Empowering Parent Participation in Education Governance, People over Profit – San Diego, Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Sacramento County Democratic Party, San Diego Democrats for Equality, San Francisco Human Services Network, Santa Clara County Democratic Party, Showing Up for Racial Justice – Bay Area, Showing Up for Racial Justice – Marin, Silicon Valley DeBug, Silicon Valley Stonewall Democrats, the University of California Students Association, Underground Scholars Initiative – UC Santa Barbara, Union of Concerned Scientists, UNITE-LA, Valley Grassroots for Democracy, and We the People – San Diego.

Proposition 17 is sponsored by Yes On Prop 17, a campaign by and for Californians directly impacted by mass incarceration, and the following organizations: ACLU of California, Anti-Recidivism Coalition, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, Initiate Justice, League of Women Voters of California, Mi Familia Vota, Vote Allies, Voting Rights Lab Action, and White People 4 Black Lives. To learn more, visit yeson17.vote.

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