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Voting Rights of People In New York with Criminal Records

Voting Rights of People In New York with Criminal Records

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  • Edits: * added language as to being registered to vote * deleted language as to by December 31 st of the 18 th year as this refers to pre-registering * added relevant information as to being 18 by the date of the election for which voting.
  • Edit: New Slide- thought it would be helpful
  • Edits: Original slide stated you can vote if you are on probation even if you are on probation for a felony conviction. This is an oversimplification of the law. Slide revised to refer to misdemeanors and felonies, include reference to probation, conditional discharge, shock probation or shock conditional discharge- often referred to as split sentence, and local conditional release. Tried to be clearer as to imprisonment being completed. Not sure if should distinguish out of state crime constituting a felony in NYS
  • Edits: Deleted language referring only to prison sentence Added language referring to felons and if still serving sentence of imprisonment and have received a certificate of relief from disabilities or certificate of good conduct
  • Question: Does Board of Parole give everyone issued a certificate the right to vote?
  • Edit: Made changes consistent with Election Law §5-106(2)
  • Edit: Added reference to felony conviction and certificate.
  • Question: Does Board of Parole give everyone issued a certificate the right to vote?
  • Edit: New slide to ensure offenders know of need to register, check registration and reregister if necessary
  • Edit: Made reference to conditional discharge Also clarified as to if serving a sentence of imprisonment with respect to probation or conditional discharge, there is a need to secure a necessary certificate to vote.
  • Edit: Made reference to conditional discharge Also clarified as to if serving a sentence of imprisonment with respect to probation or conditional discharge, there is a need to secure a necessary certificate to vote.
  • Edit: Minor edit.
  • Edit: Added reference to felony conviction.
  • Edit: Added reference to felony conviction.
  • Edit: Revised second bullet.

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  • VOTING RIGHTS OF PEOPLE IN NEW YORK WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS Created by the Legal Action Center for the NYS Division of Probation and Correctional Alternatives (DPCA) October 2008
  • SECTION I:
    • Who Can Vote?
  • General Requirements
    • To vote in New York, you must have registered to vote and:
    • Be at least 18 years old by the date of the election you want to vote in
    • Be a citizen of the United States
    • Be a resident of New York State
    • Live at your present address at least 30 days before an election
  • You May Be Able to Vote If You Have a Criminal Record
  • You CAN Vote If:
    • You have been adjudicated (found to be) a Youthful Offender.
  • You CAN Vote If:
    • ▪ YOU HAVE BEEN CONVICTED OF A MISDEMEANOR – even if you are still in jail.
    • (Voting in jail is done by absentee ballot)
  • You CAN Vote If:
    • You are on probation or conditional discharge, even for a felony conviction.
    • But if you are serving jail time for a felony as part of probation or conditional discharge, you need a certificate of relief from disabilities.
  • You CAN Vote If:
    • You are on local conditional release.
    • But if you are on local conditional release for a felony , you need a certificate of relief from disabilities.
  • You CAN Vote If:
    • You are convicted of a felony and have served your maximum sentence of imprisonment (maxed out).
  • You CAN Vote If:
    • You have been discharged from parole.
  • You CAN Vote If:
    • You are on parole and have:
    • a certificate of relief from disabilities or
    • a certificate of good conduct.
  • To Find Out if You Are Eligible for a Certificate of Relief from Disabilities or a Certificate of Good Conduct
    • Call the Legal Action Center at 212-243-1313 or visit their website at www.lac.org
    • Visit LawHelp at www.lawhelp.org/ny , or
    • Ask your probation or parole officer.
  • You CAN Vote If:
    • You have been pardoned.
  • You CAN Vote If You Are in Jail If:
    • ▪ You are awaiting trial, or
    • ▪ You have been convicted of a violation or a misdemeanor, or
    • You are in jail for a felony (and not going to prison) and you have a certificate of relief from disabilities.
    • (You cannot vote if you are in prison or in jail and on your way to prison.)
  • If You Are in Jail and Eligible to Vote:
    • You must vote by absentee ballot.
  • To Obtain an Application for an Absentee Ballot:
    • Visit the New York State Board of Elections Website at:
    • http://www.elections.state.ny.us/
  • Voter Registration
    • It is necessary that you be registered to vote.
    • You may need to register again to vote if you have been in prison or jail for a felony.
    • To find out if you are registered, visit the New York State Board of Elections Website at:
    • http:// www.elections.state.ny.us /
    • Now Let’s Review:
    • Do you know the answers?
  • Q: Can a person on probation vote in New York? A: Yes , even if convicted of a felony. But if a person is in jail (not prison) as part of a felony probation sentence, he or she needs a certificate of relief from disabilities. (Voting in jail is done by absentee ballot)
  • Q: Can a person on conditional discharge vote in New York? A: Yes , even if convicted of a felony. But if a person is in jail (not prison) as part of a conditional discharge for a felony, he or she needs a certificate of relief from disabilities. (Voting in jail is done by absentee ballot)
  • Q: Can a person convicted of a misdemeanor vote in New York?
    • A: Yes. Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor can vote in New York; if she or he is in jail, this can occur by absentee ballot.
  • Q: Can a person no longer on parole vote in New York?
    • A: Yes.
  • Q: Can a person on parole vote in New York?
    • A: Yes, but only if he or she gets a certificate of relief from disabilities or a certificate of good conduct.
  • Q: Can a person on local conditional release vote in New York?
    • A: Yes, but if on local conditional release for a felony , only if he or she gets a certificate of relief from disabilities.
  • Q: Can a person vote in New York if she or he is in jail?
    • A: Maybe. A person in jail may vote by absentee ballot if:
      • convicted of a violation or misdemeanor, or
      • awaiting trial, or
      • in jail for a felony (and not going to prison) and he or she has a certificate of relief from disabilities.
  • Q: Can a person vote in New York if she or he is in prison?
    • A: No. A person in prison or in jail convicted of a felony and on the way to prison cannot vote.
  • SECTION II:
    • Why Vote?
  • Why Do You Need to Know This Information?
    • Because, in 2006, a survey by the Brennan Center found 1 in 3 election boards in New York did not allow eligible voters to vote because they had a felony record.
    • If you know your rights, you can protect yourself.
  • Why Your Vote Matters
    • Voting gives you a voice on issues like employment, housing, health care, and your children’s education.
    • By voting, you support your community and can better ensure those living in your community and your community’s interests are represented.
  • Why Your Vote Matters “ We know that Americans of good will have learned that no nation can long continue to flourish or to find its way to a better society while it allows any one of its citizens...to be denied the right to participate in the most fundamental of all privileges of democracy - the right to vote.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (“Civil Rights No. 1: The Right to Vote,” The New York Times, March 14, 1965.)
  • SECTION III:
    • How to Register to Vote
  • Which Documents Do I Need to Bring to Register to Vote?
    • You do NOT need to bring any documents to register to vote.
  • Where Can I Register to Vote?
    • At your local county Board of Elections
    • By calling 1-800-FOR-VOTE to request an application
    • Download the form or complete it online at www.elections.state.ny.us , print it and mail it to your local Board of Elections
    • At the DMV, CUNY and SUNY campuses, VESID, Department of Health and other government agencies
  • How to Contact Your Local Board of Elections in New York City
    • Manhattan: 200 Varick St., 10 Fl New York, NY 10014 Tel: (212) 886-2100
    • Bronx: 1780 Grand Concourse, 5 Fl Bronx, NY 10457 Tel: (718) 299-9017
    • Queens: 126-06 Queens Boulevard Kew Gardens, NY 11415 Tel: (718) 730-6730
    • Staten Island 1 Edgewater Plaza, 4 Fl Staten Island, NY 10305 Tel: (718) 876-0079
    • Brooklyn: 345 Adams Street, 4 Fl Brooklyn, NY 11201 Tel: (718) 797-8800
  • SECTION IV:
    • What Can I Do If I Have Problems Registering to Vote?
  • If You Are Denied the Right to Register to Vote in New York City, Please Contact One of the Organizations Listed Below:
    • Legal Action Center (212)243-1313
    • Voter Enfranchisement Project at Bronx Defenders (718)838-7878
    • Election Protection Hotline
    • 1-866-OUR-VOTE
    • Brennan Center (212)998-6730
  • Who to Contact if You Are Denied the Right to Register Outside New York City
    • Center for Law and Justice – Albany, NY (518)427-8351
    • Legal Action Center (212)243-1313
    • Election Protection Hotline
    • 1-866-OUR-VOTE
    • Brennan Center (212)998-6730