Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday became the first 2020 presidential candidate to speak out in support of allowing Americans to vote from behind bars.During a campaign stop in Iowa, the Independent senator from Vermont was asked about his position on imprisoned people participating in political elections.\u0022I think that is absolutely the direction we should go,\u0022 Sanders said at a town hall in Muscatine, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register, a local newspaper.Several states disenfranchise citizens convicted of felonies—though some states, such as Florida, have been pressured to change their laws to allow people who have served their sentences to vote. Currently, only Maine and Vermont let felons retain their voting rights while incarcerated, which the senator noted on Saturday.\u0022In my state, what we do is separate. You\u0026#039;re paying a price, you committed a crime, you\u0026#039;re in jail. That\u0026#039;s bad,\u0022 Sanders said. \u0022But you\u0026#039;re still living in American society and you have a right to vote. I believe in that, yes, I do.\u0022His position was celebrated by advocates for criminal justice reform, including Shaun King, a longtime supporter who spoke at the candidate\u0026#039;s 2020 launch rally in Brooklyn:Today @BernieSanders became the first presidential candidate to say that EVERY American, including ALL people in prison or out of prison deserve the right to vote. I agree. And if you didn’t already know this, his home state of Vermont already allows ithttps://t.co/j5Lkzqbx4n— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 7, 2019In Iowa, Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote from behind bars (and he’s absolutely fucking right) https://t.co/6sF9jbuvDX via @DMRegister— Chase Madar (@ChaseMadar) April 6, 2019The senator\u0026#039;s comments came after GOP lawmakers in the Iowa Senate this week effectively killed a state constitutional amendment proposed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds to restore ex-felons\u0026#039; right to vote.Sanders, on Friday, called the development \u0022a disappointing setback\u0022 but vowed to keep fighting to strengthen voting rights. At the time, he said that felons should \u0022regain their constitutional rights after they have paid their debt to society.\u0022This is a disappointing setback for voting rights in Iowa. We must continue fighting for all felons to regain their constitutional rights after they have paid their debt to society.Join me in Davenport tonight as we build our movement based on justice: https://t.co/cYcvJnAxWm https://t.co/8iMCiCu15T— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 5, 2019Sanders is the fundraising frontrunner in a crowded field of political figures seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination for president—and, so far, the only one to say he supports enabling people to vote while they are in prison.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), another 2020 contender, was asked her position on the issue at a candidate forum—which Sanders did not attend—hosted by HuffPost and the Open Markets Institute last weekend.\u0022Once someone pays their debt to society, they\u0026#039;re out there expected to pay taxes, expected to abide by the law, they\u0026#039;re expected to support themselves and their families,\u0022 Warren said. \u0022I think that means they\u0026#039;ve got a right to vote.\u0022But she stopped short of calling for imprisoned citizens to cast ballots in elections, adding, \u0022While they\u0026#039;re incarcerated, I think that\u0026#039;s something we can have more conversation about.\u0022Warren was among the 2020 presidential hopefuls who also traveled to key primary states this weekend to meet with voters. Warren went to Nevada. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, both visited New Hampshire. And former Texas Congressman Beto O\u0026#039;Rourke, like Sanders, was in Iowa.