2 California ballot measures would expand voting rights

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Early voting in California is under way and a pair of propositions on the Nov. 3 ballot would expand who can vote. Prop 17 would allow an estimated 50,000 parolees to vote.

Prop 18 would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they turn 18 before the general election. Proposition 17 would amend the state constitution for an estimated 50,000 felons.

Supporters say the parolees have paid their debt to society and should be able to choose their representatives and shape the policies that affect their lives. Opponents say restoring rights early to felons is a slap in the face to their victims.

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