New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill expanding felon voting rights on Tuesday, according to the state legislature, allowing for people on parole in the state to be eligible to vote as soon as they leave prison.
The law codifies a 2018 executive order that allowed for Cuomo to individually pardon parolees. According to the bill text, Department of Corrections officials are required to provide a voter registration form as the felon is leaving the facility. Previously, parolees would have to wait a period of four to six weeks to receive a pardon and then must register to vote on their own.
The law goes into effect immediately, although some portions are delayed until 120 days after its signing, according to the bill text. The New York legislature passed the bill in April.
CNN reached out to Cuomo’s office for comment Wednesday.
The voting rights law comes as other Democrat-led states move to expand voting access, a stark contrast to Republicans in state legislatures pushing measures to restrict voting. Last month, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, signed legislation that will automatically restore the voting rights of more than 20,000 people convicted of a felony once they’re released from prison. And Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, also a Democrat, took executive action in March restoring voting and other civil rights to more than 69,000 former felons as soon as they complete their prison terms.
Democrats in the legislature praised Cuomo’s signage of the measure, including Assembly Member Daniel O’Donnell who co-sponsored the legislation and said it “removes one more barrier to equal representation” in the state.
“For too long, restricting the right to vote has been used as a tool to silence and exclude communities of color,” O’Donnell said in a statement released Wednesday.
Voting rights advocates also lauded the legislation. Sean Morales-Doyle, deputy director of the Voting Rights and Elections Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law, praised the law and said it makes clear that Americans of color “have a say in the elections that impact them and their families.”
“People on parole live and work in our cities and towns, and by automatically restoring their right to vote, New York is finally welcoming them as full participants in society. That’s a crucial change, one that will ameliorate one of the vestiges of Jim Crow,” Morales-Doyle said in a statement released Wednesday. “Due to the racial disparities in New York’s criminal justice system, nearly three-quarters of those disenfranchised by the ban on voting for people on parole were Black or Latino.”
Man Executed Publicly In Yemen After Murdering His 3 Daughters [Pics]
A dad has been publicly executed after being found guilty of murdering his three daughters.
Ali Abdullah al-Noami left his three daughters Rahaf, 7, Raghad, 12, and Malak, 14, to drown in a water tank after a row with his wife.
Along with two other convicted child-killers – Abdullah Ali al-Mukahali, 38, and Mohammed Abdullah Arman, 33 – the forty-year-old was led out into Tahrir Square in the centre of Yemen’s constitutional capital Sana’a and made to kneel on a red carpet.
An executioner wielding a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle then shot all three men in the back in full view of a large crowd of spectators, some of whom were filming the executions on their mobile phones and video cameras.
Abdullah Ali al-Mukahali and Mohammed Abdullah Arman had been convicted of raping and killing an eight-year-old boy named Mohammed al-Haddad.
Current laws in Yemen allow the death penalty for a wide range of crimes including murder, kidnapping, rape, adultery, homosexuality, and a number of religious offences.
After the three men were shot, a medic quickly checked each body to ensure that they were all dead.
All three bodies were wrapped in white body bags, which soldiers in camouflage uniforms then carried away.
It was the first public execution in the city since August 2018, when three men convicted of raping and killing a child were shot, and then had their bodies displayed hanging from a crane.
While many countries retain the death penalty, most notably China which executes more of its convicts than the rest of the world put together, only a handful carry out public executions.
North Korea and Somalia have been known to publicly execute convicts, along with a handful of Arab counties including Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Hamas-held regions of Palestine.
Yemen currently has two rival governments, one based in Sana’a under the control of Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and a second one controlled from Aden.
There has been tension between Yemen’s northern and southern territories for generations but the current split dates from 2017.
Joe Biden picks Israel, Mexico, NATO ambassadors
President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced his nominees to be ambassadors to Israel, Mexico and NATO, as he moves to strengthen U.S. alliances in tough regions.
Among a slate of names announced by the White House on Tuesday were Thomas Nides, a Morgan Stanley (MS.N) vice-chairman who served as a deputy secretary of state under former president Barack Obama, to serve as the ambassador to Israel.
The close U.S. ally is welcoming a new government after Israel’s parliament ended Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as prime minister on Sunday.
Biden also picked Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator from Colorado and interior secretary, as his ambassador to Mexico. The country is one of the United States’ biggest trading partners and the Biden administration is working to manage immigration across the U.S.-Mexican border.
He also chose security expert Julianne Smith to represent the United States on the Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, a key Western bulwark against Russia.
Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin are set to meet in Geneva on Wednesday at a time of increased tensions between the two powers.
The White House also said Biden picked C. B. “Sully” Sullenberger to be an ambassador and serve as the U.S. representative on the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Sullenberger rose to fame in 2009 after gliding his Airbus A320 to a safe landing on the Hudson River after hitting a flock of geese shortly after takeoff, in what became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” He also joined Biden on the campaign trail when he was running for president.
Biden also named his ambassador picks to Sri Lanka, the Gambia, Guinea, Paraguay and Costa Rica.
Zambia President Edgar Lungu Collapses After ‘Sudden Dizziness’
Zambia President Edgar Lungu Collapses After ‘sudden Dizziness’
Zambia President Edgar Lungu collapsed in the capital, Lusaka, during a national defence day event on Sunday, local media reported.
Shortly after, Secretary to the Cabinet, Dr Simon Miti, issued a statement to reporters and the State TV, assuring the local public and the international community that President Lungu “is well and has continued to discharge his duties”.
Zambia President Edgar Lungu Collapses After ‘sudden Dizziness’
Dr Miti disclosed that during the observation of the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony, the President experienced “sudden dizziness” but recovered immediately.
Mr Lungu is said to have walked to his own to his car and returned to State House.
The Zambian leader had a similar experience in 2015, caused by what the Presidency said was an “oesophagus condition”.
The four-hour defence day ceremony took place at Lusaka’s Freedom Statute on Independence Avenue where the Defence Forces showcased their military prowess.
President Lungu used the event to conduct an investiture ceremony to honour gallant men and women in uniform.
Zambia is preparing for a General Election set for August 12.
President Lungu ascended to power in a by-election necessitated by Michael Sata’s death in 2014
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