Ralph Hubert “Sonny” Barger, a still active member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club and an icon of American individualism, announced on his Facebook page yesterday that he is moving back to Oakland.
And, when he gets there he will register to vote. And, after he registers he intends to vote for Donald Trump for President in November.
Barger was a founder of the Hells Angels charter in Oakland, California and was influential in uniting the Oakland charter with separate and distinct Hells Angels clubs in San Bernardino, California, Fontana, California and elsewhere. He transferred from the Oakland charter to the new, Cave Creek charter of the club in October 1998. He has not explained his reasons for transferring back to the Bay Area.
Voting For Trump
However, earlier this month Barger expressed his intention to vote for Donald Trump. On August 13, Barger wrote:
“I, along with Donald Trump, believe the election process is rigged. The politicians and media make a joke of the statement, ‘It is rigged.’ If a person can win the popular vote – but lose the election – I believe, along with Trump, the process is rigged – and so should every other American whose vote is not counted. In some elections, the winner is elected before some state votes are even counted. If that is not rigged, what do you call it? I think people, along with myself, are tired of the politicians and media running the elections and telling some Americans your vote doesn’t count, because we’ve had the process since time began. I, for one, am voting for Trump, because it’s time to change.”
That same day, a pseudonymous commenter on Barger’s Facebook page lectured him that he wouldn’t be able to vote because he was a convicted felon. Barger replied, “Yes I am a felon and I can vote and I will be voting for Trump.” Barger was right. The commenter was wrong.
But it might be a little easier for Barger to vote for Trump in California than in Arizona. Barger has been convicted of multiple felonies dating to 1963 when he was convicted of felony possession of marijuana. He was last convicted – of participating in an interstate bombing conspiracy – in 1987. He was paroled in 1992. The last three pages of Barger’s memoir, Hell’s Angel, list his 21 brushes with the law.
In Arizona, a person convicted of two or more felonies must petition a judge or secure a pardon before he can vote. In California, voting rights for convicted felons are automatically restored upon completion of parole.