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Parolees Can Now Vote in New York

Posted By Sullivan & Brill, LLP || 18-Apr-2018

If you have been convicted of a felony, and are now on post-release supervision after serving a state jail sentence, you are free to vote. The right to vote is a sacred one. For years, those who have been convicted felons were stripped of that right. Now, with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, that sacred right returns. And why shouldn’t it? An individual on parole or post release supervision has served his or her jail sentence. They have painfully experienced the consequences of their actions and paid the “debt.” Denying someone the right to vote who has served their time is the same as adding to their sentence – it is punitive. Restoring their right to vote is the only fair thing to do. It is estimated that over 36,000 are now on Parole or post release supervision in New York.

For more information, contact the New York criminal defense attorneys at Sullivan & Brill, LLP today!