Helming: Cuomo restoring voting rights for NY parolees 'a political ploy'

20 April, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Cuomo giving parolees right to vote via executive order

NY gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon took a swipe at incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo during an appearance on "The Late Show" Wednesday.

This year, Cuomo proposed ending cash bail for low-level offenses, a measure that was not included in the final state budget. "The governor's popularity drops; the governor's knees weaken; the governor falls to one knee, collapses, makes a deal".

"You can have more than one career in your life", she said. "Now how can that be?" According to the state's law, parolees can only vote when they get off supervision.

"We want you to show your progress by what you do", he said. "I think we allowed them to get to that point".

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Many in the Capital Region approve. ME and Vermont alone do not strip felons voting rights.

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H├ęctor Figueroa, president of 32BJ SEIU, said his union's decision to leave the party over their Nixon endorsement shouldn't shock Lipton and company. "First it was tablets for prisoners, now we are granting all parolees the right to vote".

But Dan Joyce, of Delmar, is on the fence. "I just know that we could do so much better". John J. Flanagan, the Senate majority leader, said the move "circumvents the law". "We have imprisonment; we have incarceration for valid public policy reasons".

"This reform will reduce disenfranchisement and will help restore justice and fairness to our democratic process", Cuomo said. New Jersey Democrats are pushing forward legislation on the issue and Florida voters will consider a ballot initiative in November to automatically restore the voting rights of certain felons after they complete their sentences, including probation and parole. "Cuomo's actions are purely political, created to appeal to radical primary voters and bolster his 2020 dream", referring to his supposed presidential ambitions. Nixon is indeed positioning herself as a more liberal, woke candidate, having recently announced her public support of marijuana legalization in the state, specifically stressing the importance of ending discrimination against people of color.

"I also have to say, if I was given a choice, I would rather be the good Nixon than the bad Cuomo", the 52-year-old actress and activist expressed.



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