NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Grants Parolees the Right to Vote

Appealing to his left flank, Gov. Cuomo announced Wednesday that he’s signed an executive order to give convicted felons on parole the right to vote.

“In this state, when you’re released from prison and you’re on parole, you still don’t have the right to vote,” Cuomo said at the National Action Network’s conference in midtown.

“Now how can that be? You did your time. You paid your debt. You’re released, but you still don’t have a right to vote.”

The order will cover more than 36,000 parolees statewide.

More than half — 54 percent — live in New York City, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The governor, a Democrat who faces a primary challenge from actress Cynthia Nixon, said his administrative action was necessary because the Republican-led state Senate has refused to pass a law to restore voting rights to parolees who’ve served their time.

Under current state law, parolees can’t vote until they’re off supervision.

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SOURCE: Carl Campanile
New York Post