Wills sponsors bill on voting rights for jailed

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The Department of Corrections will promote absentee voting for jailed individuals, many of whom are not aware of their eligibility to vote. The increased attention will come due to legislation signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio and sponsored by Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica).

The bill will provide assistance for individuals who are incarcerated prior to trial, as well as those serving misdemeanor sentences. Individuals in jail who have not yet been convicted of a crime, as well as convicted individuals who have completed their incarceration and parole are eligible to vote, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union. Wills praised the Nov. 16 signing of the legislation.

“Although Introduction 464-A does not represent a cure-all for the disenfranchisement of the incarcerated, it is a significant step towards achieving greater equality for those who are too poor to arrange bail and cast their ballot at their actual poll site,” Wills said. “We must continue to work towards ending the disenfranchisement of the nearly 100,000 individuals in New York state who have a felony conviction.”

The legislation requires the DOC to provide detainees with absentee ballot applications and to forward them to the New York City Board of Elections no later than two weeks before an election. It will go into effect 90 days after its signing.

Reach reporter Patrick Donachie by e-mail at or by phone at (718) 260–4573.

Updated 12:32 am, July 10, 2018
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nobody from Queens says:
Nobody should be forced or encouraged to vote. If they do not want to vote on their own they most likely do not know the issues and should be left alone. Stop trying to cheat and instead find better candidates. Typical Soros Dems.
Nov. 29, 2016, 9:50 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
A-Hole Ruben Wills, is headed to trial on charges related to the accusations he stole more than $30,00 in taxpayer money. His preliminary hearing is November 30th.

Guess he wants to make sure he gets to vote when his do nothing crooked a*s goes to jail.
Nov. 29, 2016, 10:42 am
Mike M. from Queens says:
ya deblasio again trying desperately to hold onto his failed attempt at the mayorship. Ironic thing about this voting-for-criminals thing: They can be easily tracked by officials just as illegals are when they're allowed to vote by dim-dems.
Nov. 30, 2016, 4:49 am

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