After Governor Cuomo’s decision in April gave parolees the right to vote, the Monroe County Board of Elections said they fielded a few phone calls.
Some of the concern was over sex offender parolees being allowed inside schools to cast their ballots.
Commissioner Tom Ferrarese addressed some of that worry Friday by explaining the governor’s conditional pardon does not re-write the rules for registered sex offenders.
“Somebody could come out of jail and complete their parole, yet still have some conditions relative to being a sex offender that are going to prohibit them from going near a school,” he explained.
He also said it’s important to remember that Cuomo’s conditional pardon doesn’t apply to every parolee.
“They review every case and they look at the severity of the crime,” he said.
News 8 reached out to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for clarity on the conditional pardon.
Sex offender parolees must advise the parole officer of their intention to vote, identify the polling place if it is a school and get written permission from the parole officer and a school official.
They also will not be able to enter a school polling place until 7pm.
The Center for Employment Opportunities said they fully support Governor Cuomo’s decision.
In a statement, they said:
“Participation in the voting process encourages personal responsibility and enriches our civic life.”
The state & local primary is next Thursday, September 13.