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Boards of Elections Continue Illegally To Disfranchise Voters with Felony Convictions

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Publication Date: March 2006

Publisher(s): Brennan Center for Justice

Topic: Politics (Elections and voting)

Keywords: Democracy; Voting Rights & Elections; Voting After Criminal Conviction

Type: Report


Today the Brennan Center for Justice, Demos and the Legal Action Center call upon the New York State Board of Elections to end the systematic practice of illegally disenfranchising thousands of eligible voters. A survey of 63 local election boards conducted late last year by the Brennan Center and Demos found that more than one-third of local boards, including four in New York City, are disenfranchising former prisoners and probationers who are eligible to register and vote under state law. These survey results repeat the widespread errors exposed in a 2003 Brennan Center and Legal Action Center survey.