New York legislature passes bill restoring voting rights to those on parole
The New York State Assembly has passed a bill to restore voting rights to parolees immediately upon their release from prison. According to the bill’s sponsor, “…with the passage of this bill, we are one step closer to dismantling the vestiges of segregation-era felony disenfranchisement in New York.” The bill is designed to improve on an executive order passed by Gov. Cuomo in 2018. If it is signed, parolees will be automatically eligible to register to vote, and the state will be required to inform them of this fact.
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A voting initiative started by several Black athletes and artists combatting systemic and racist voter suppression. This initiative aims at educating, energizing, and protecting the Black community’s right to vote.