New York Gov Cuomo – Doing an End Run Around Legislators

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When New York Republicans blocked a bill to allow 35,000 felons on parole the right to vote, Gov Cuomo signed an Executive Order allowing it on Wednesday.

“I’m unwilling to take no for an answer. I’m going to make it law by executive order.” Gov Cuomo

The executive order is at this link.

“It is unconscionable to deny voting rights to New Yorkers who have paid their debt and have re-entered society…This reform will reduce disenfranchisement and will help restore justice and fairness to our democratic process. Withholding or delaying voting rights diminishes our democracy.”

How can he do this? By pardoning 35,000 parolees. Never mind what their original crimes were. That way he can do an end run around the legislature. But think about it, these are felons on parole– they have not really completed their sentences or they wouldn’t still be on “parole.”

Republicans are saying that it’s a Democrat power grab, which is exactly what it appears to be. They are counting on the vast majority of felons, which are Black or Latino, to vote for Democrats in November.

Republican Senator Fred Akshar released this statement:

Fourteen other states have done the same thing in a desperate attempt to sway the elections to the Democrats.

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