Restoring Voting Rights for Felons


Published by The New York Times| January 14, 2018

To the Editor:

The Times rightly criticizes Florida’s denial of the right to vote to people with felony convictions. New York practices its own version of this undemocratic exclusion. According to a report by the Brennan Center, more than 100,000 New Yorkers are currently banned from voting because of a felony conviction. “Nearly 80 percent of those who have lost the right to vote under New York’s law are African-American or Hispanic,” the report notes.

Unlike New York, 16 other states do not deny the right to vote to people on parole. It’s time for Albany to restore this most fundamental constitutional right to tens of thousands of our neighbors.

PETER HOGNESS, BROOKLYN

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Brooklyn Voters Alliance is an all-volunteer organization that works to protect and expand voting rights in New York State. We promote voter participation, education, and the reform of New York’s regressive voting laws to ensure fairness and equal access to our fundamental right to vote.

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