NY now joins 14 other states and the District of Columbia that restore the right to vote upon release from incarceration.
A similar effort is underway in New Jersey where lawmakers are working to give prisoners, people on probation and individuals on parole the right to vote.
Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he would sign an executive order granting all parolees in his state the right to vote, vowing to take unilateral action after the legislature rejected the proposal.
"At the same time, we're saying we want you a part of society, we want you to get back into the community", he said. The move could enfranchise tens of thousands of New Yorkers.
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With Cuomo's executive order, NY will join 18 other states and Washington, D.C., which already allow parolees to vote.
Long contended the Democratic governor is clearly announcing initiatives to go to the left of Cynthia Nixon, his liberal primary challenger.
The National Action Network - where Cuomo appeared just after former Eric Holder, Attorney General under President Barack Obama, spoke - characterizes felon disenfranchisement laws reconstruction-era provisions to prevent black men from voting. Florida will vote on a ballot proposition this fall that, if approved, would restore voting rights to 1.5 million felons in the state.
Gov. Cuomo also says the state is also launching an investigation into bail bondsmen who extort the poor at their highest point of pain.