Cuomo Signs Bill Restoring Voting Rights To Felons

The Hill reports:

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed legislation Tuesday night that would restore voting rights to formerly convicted felons upon their release from prison.

The bill, which the state legislature passed in mid-April, immediately restores voting rights when people are released from prison, even if they are on parole. Prior to conviction and sentencing, criminal defendants are informed that they will lose their voting rights.

New York Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell (D), who sponsored the bill in the state assembly, said in a statement that he is proud “that this legislation removes one more barrier to equal representation in our state.”

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