WASHINGTON D.C. – Jared Golden is under fire for a vote he recently cast that would create a federal mandate to states to require them to allow convicted murderers and rapist, among others, to vote while they are still serving their prison sentences.
The vote came on an amendment to the controversial HR 1 bill, which Republicans argued is already a radical piece of legislation that federally mandates a series of radical changes to state election systems.
Golden was among a small group of lawmakers to vote in favor of the amendment, which was sponsored by Democrat Rep. Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist.
Arguments that the amendment was too radical seemed to carry the day among Democrats, however, with 119 Democrats voting against the amendment and only 97 voting for it.
All 209 Republicans in the U.S. House voted against the amendment, and 6 members did note vote.
The roll call puts Golden’s vote in small, extreme minority of about 23% of the U.S. House that would mandate incarcerated murderers, rapists and other criminals be granted voting rights.
Other members supporting the amendment read like a who’s who of the extreme liberal wing of the Democrat Party.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Zoe Lofgren, Pramila Jayapal, Jerry Nadler, Ayanna Presley, Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Ilhan Omar all voted in support of the amendment.
Maine’s other Representative to the U.S. House, Rep. Chellie Pingree also voted in favor of the amendment.
The National Republican Congressional Committee blasted Golden’s vote.
“Jared Golden is incapable of accomplishing anything for his constituents, but he will gladly work to grant murderers, rapists and child abusers the right to vote.“ said NRCC Spokeswoman Samantha Bullock in a written statement.
In Maine, media coverage mostly covered the issue with headlines such as “Maine Rep. Jared Golden supports election reform bill” but the establishment media provided little to no coverage of Golden’s vote on this amendment.
Rep. Bush, the sponsor of the amendment, argued that allowing states to decide their own laws related to allowing prisoners to vote means “America does not love all its people,” and that allowing states to forbid incarcerated murderers, rapists and child abusers was wrong because it is “disenfranchising our own citizens, it is not justice.”
It appears Maine’s two Representatives agreed with her.