Journalists, Progressives Denounce Cuomo's Decision to Restore Felon Voting Rights as Political

Apr 20, 2018, 00:53
Journalists, Progressives Denounce Cuomo's Decision to Restore Felon Voting Rights as Political

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that he would restore voting rights to paroled felons through pardons, the New York Times reports.

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The governor said the state's current law makes it hard for parolees to properly re-enter society. But Helming, R-Canandaigua, was one of several critics of the executive order. "We're trying to find them a job, we're trying to get them re-enfranchised...in this state, when you're released from prison and you're on parole, you still don't have the right to vote". In a statement Cuomo says allowing parolees to participate in voting is another way to help them re-establish ties to the community as law-abiding citizens.

"Just months before an election, with the stroke of his pen, Andrew Cuomo, plans to restore the voting rights for cop killer Herman Bell and Palm Sunday killer Chris Thomas and calls it "justice", he said.

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"The Voting Rights Act that Dr. King fought for is being undermined with voting gerrymandering and voting suppression schemes that are being masqueraded over with voter fraud commissions that can't find any fraud because there is none to find", he said.

"The fact is convicted felons, including murderers and rapists, knowingly forfeit their right to vote when they choose to disregard the law and commit these heinous crimes", Helming said.

"Some of them tell me they never realized what a great freedom it is to cast a vote", Barone said. Even after members of Cuomo's own team acknowledged that his response was "unartful", he continued making cringeworthy flubs, like referring to himself as an "undocumented person". It has become a political issue.

"But overall, I think her campaign will be a feisty exercise in futility". "It's a step - a baby step - but a step in the right direction".

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Frequent Cuomo foe Mayor de Blasio tweeted it was "a great move". Those officials will have the discretion to prevent certain offenders from regaining their rights.

Cuomo had taken the measure to the state legislature first, but the Republican controlled Senate stopped him, so, he Democratic Governor said he was forced to use his executive privilege.

New York Senate Republican leader John Flanagan said Cuomo's order "circumvents the law". "We got into this business because my father taught me that the Democratic Party at its best was a vehicle for social justice and social change, and that's what I've been doing since day one", Cuomo said. Cuomo is facing a primary challenge from former actress Cynthia Nixon in his bid for re-election.

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