New York Restores Right to Vote to Felons Released From Prison

May 5, 2021, 5:47 PM

New York state is restoring voting rights for people who have been incarcerated for a felony upon their release, under legislation Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed late Tuesday night.

The measure (S.830B/A.4448A) eliminates the need for a pardon and allows those previously incarcerated and released on parole to vote, rather than delaying their right for months or years.

“I strongly believe that restoring the right to vote to people who have paid their debt to society strengthens our democracy, promotes successful reentry into the community, and makes New York a safer and fairer place to live,” Cuomo (D) said ...

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