Thanks to an executive order signed earlier this year by Governor Andrew Cuomo, sex-offender parolees granted voting rights will be able to cast a ballot in the upcoming primary and general elections, but only after 7 p.m.
State law allows registered sex offenders to enter schools or government offices with the permission of their parole officer or state monitor. The State Department of Corrections added its own provisions stating sex offender parolees to advise their parole officers they intend to vote and plan to do so at a school. The parolee then needs written permission from the parole officer and the school’s superintendent.
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinario said Governor Cuomo is asking school superintendents to do the unthinkable. “Andrew Cuomo is putting kids at risk and making a mockery of the laws that protect them,” Molinaro said. “It defies reason to open our schools to convicted child molesters, and it’s also against the law. Mr. Cuomo clearly didn’t think this through, and now, six days before his gubernatorial primary, he’s unfairly placing the burden of his rash decision on school superintendents who are caught completely blindsided by his actions.”
Prior to Cuomo’s order, those convicted of a felony and in prison could not vote until they finished their sentence and parole.