Bill Proponents to Hold “Advocacy Day” Tomorrow in Albany
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. today called upon New York lawmakers to immediately pass S. 1931/A. 4987 and “seize the opportunity in this session to abolish felony disenfranchisement, an anti-democratic practice rooted in white supremacy.”
In a New York Daily News op-ed entitled Restore parolees’ voting rights permanently, and do it now, D.A. Vance noted that nearly 30,000 New Yorkers on parole are ineligible to vote because “[s]tate law imposes on them a grave, collateral consequence of their criminal conviction – one which strips them of core democratic rights, and renders them second-class citizens.”
Citing research from the Brennan Center, the Sentencing Project, and others, D.A. Vance wrote that “New York’s felony disenfranchisement law flows from the poisoned well of racist post-Civil War policy” and concluded that such disenfranchisement serves no “criminal justice or public safety purpose.”
The op-ed can be viewed in full here.