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New York assemblyman criticizes possible felon voting memo

New York assemblyman criticizes possible felon voting memo

June 14, 2018 01:11 PM

Leading officials have issued a memo directing that government employees help ex-felons register to vote and locate the local Board of Elections according to Assemblyman Steve Hawley.

A memo obtained by Hawley states, "“…the Parole Officer must also provide the recipient (of the pardon certificate) with the NYS Voter Registration Form and the NYS Voting Rights form…The Parole Officer must be prepared to assist the parolee with filling out the registration form and the Parole Officer is responsible for providing information regarding the location of the local Board of Elections.”

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The memo dictates detailed instructions for corrections employees on how to execute pardons and help parolees register to vote according to Hawley.

“This is the most outlandish abuse of power and taxpayer-funded resources I’ve witnessed in my time as a legislator,” Hawley said. “Gov. Cuomo is using state employees as campaign workers to register recently paroled felons to vote. Absolutely outrageous.”

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