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File #: Res 0078-2014    Version: * Name: Requires ex-felons to be fully informed of their voting rights. (A.4830)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Civil Rights
On agenda: 2/26/2014
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the New York State Assembly to pass A.4830, the New York State Senate to introduce similar legislation, and the Governor to sign such legislation, which requires ex-felons to be fully informed of their voting rights.
Sponsors: Jumaane D. Williams, Rosie Mendez, Helen K. Rosenthal, Antonio Reynoso
Council Member Sponsors: 4
Date Ver.Prime SponsorAction ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsMultimedia
12/31/2017*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Filed (End of Session)  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Referred to Comm by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/26/2014*Jumaane D. Williams City Council Introduced by Council  Action details Meeting details Not available
Res. No. 78
 
 
Resolution calling on the New York State Assembly to pass A.4830, the New York State Senate to introduce similar legislation, and the Governor to sign such legislation, which requires ex-felons to be fully informed of their voting rights.
 
 
By Council Members Williams, Mendez, Rosenthal and Reynoso
 
Whereas, The right to vote in open and free elections is one of our country's greatest tenets of citizenship, a privilege that is protected in the United States ("U.S.") Constitution; and
      Whereas, According to the Sentencing Project, a criminal justice advocacy group, every U.S. state, with the exceptions of Maine and Vermont, bars incarcerated individuals from voting while in prison; and
Whereas, In New York State, individuals on parole for a felony conviction are also banned from voting until they have completed their parole, unless the individual has been granted a Certificate of Relief or Certificate of Good Conduct; and
      Whereas, According to the New York State Commission of Correction, as of September 30th of 2013, there were 83,766 inmates in New York State correctional facilities; and
      Whereas, Although an individual regains the right to vote upon completion of his or her sentence, it is the responsibility of the newly-freed individual to re-register to vote; and
      Whereas, Unfortunately, a significant number of incarcerated individuals are misinformed or uniformed about their voting rights; and
      Whereas, According to the Sentencing Project, over 40 percent of prisoners believe that incarceration results in the permanent revocation of voting rights and over 60 percent believe that probation results in the suspension of voting rights; and
      Whereas, In order to avoid the disenfranchisement of thousands of people, it is imperative that individuals who have served out their sentences be informed of their right to vote in New York State; and
      Whereas, A.4830, sponsored by Assembly Member N. Nick Perry and currently pending in the New York State Assembly, seeks to amend the New York State Executive Law by requiring the State Board of Parole to notify inmates convicted of a felony, thirty days prior to their completion of their maximum sentence, that their right to vote will be restored upon their release; and
      Whereas, A.4830 would require the State Board of Parole to notify individuals discharged from parole that their right to vote has been restored; and
      Whereas, A.4830 would amend the New York State Election Law by requiring the New York State Board of Elections to provide the State Board of Parole with a sufficient number of voter registration and enrollment forms, which will then be given to soon-to-be released inmates and those individuals discharged from parole; and
      Whereas, Voting in elections is a key ingredient of civil participation, and one that must be encouraged among all eligible New Yorkers; now, therefore, be it
      Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the New York State Assembly to pass A.4830, the New York State Senate to introduce similar legislation, and the Governor to sign such legislation, which requires ex-felons to be fully informed of their voting rights.
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