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!