NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Moves to Restore Voting Rights to Paroled Felons

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made the announcement Wednesday

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he will grant paroled felons the right to vote. In a statement Cuomo says allowing parolees to participate in voting is another way to help them re-establish ties to the community as law-abiding citizens.

NY will be one of just 14 states that allow people to vote after they've served time in prison.

When asked about labor unions leaving his stead, Working Family Party Founder Bill Lipton said that they'll continue to support labor and feel that the current governor has violated his own principles and promises.

Parole voting restrictions disproportionately affect New Yorkers of color, with African-American and Hispanic New Yorkers making up 71 percent of parolees who can not vote, according to the governor. On Wednesday, her campaign said the executive order was more evidence that he's feeling the pressure from the left.

"That is not just anti-democratic, that is anti-American", Cuomo, who is running for a third term this year, said. "When Andrew Cuomo was first elected he vowed in The New York Times to wage an offensive to tame the power of labor". Newly convicted felons will be "given the consideration of a pardon that will restore voting rights without undue delay", per a draft of the executive order. "He says he works with the Republicans", Nixon said of Cuomo, "but frankly, often at times it looks more like he works for the Republicans".

This week, The Hill reported Nixon was beginning to gain on Cuomo, although The Siena College poll still puts her a way behind the incumbent.

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And in ME and Vermont, felons never lose their right to vote, even while in jail or prison. "We want you to get back into the community".

Pushing to re-integrate former felons into society without restoring the right to vote is counter productive, Cuomo argued.

At the convention, top New York Democrats outlined their vision for a fairer New York and the way to fight the Trump administration before a 200-plus strong crowd at the NAN convention. A "dumbfounded" Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County) blasted it as "illegal and horrific public policy".

The state's Republican Party slammed the governor's move.

Nixon said the issues she's focused on include campaign financing reform, funding for schools, criminal justice reform, LGBTQ equality, and women's rights.

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