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NY Governor Pledges to Grant Voting Rights to Paroled Felons

In a speech on April 18, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo pledged to grant voting rights to thousands of paroled felons arguing they had paid their debt to society and should be allowed to vote.

Cuomo signed an executive order that provided conditional pardons to more than 35,000 felons who have completed their incarceration period but remain on parole to allow them to vote.

Prior to this action, individuals convicted of a felony were not allowed to vote until the offender completed their prison sentence and parole period. 

Convicted individuals who are on probation already had the right to vote while on probation but not individuals on parole.  

New York’s state election laws prohibits paroled felons from voting until their sentence is complete or have been discharged from parole.  Cuomo’s executive order provides for a conditional pardon to allow them to vote.




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