Voting rights restored: Register on Sept. 29

In the state of New York, the tides are changing for formerly incarcerated citizens.

Just five months ago, the Governor signed an executive order to restore voting rights for people with felony convictions, active immediately after release from prison. That means that every New Yorker with a criminal record is eligible for review for a voting restoration pardon.

With the New York General Election just around the corner on Nov. 6, this executive order couldn’t have come at a better time. And now, we’re welcoming everyone—regardless of their criminal background—to join us for our It’s Your Right: Register to Vote event on Sept. 29.

At this special event, we will be offering:

  • Voter Registration (in the cafeteria) for those who have not yet registered to vote in the State of New York, regardless of felony or misdemeanor convictions.
  • Legal Clinic for Certificates of Relief and Good Conduct (in the library; first come, first served basis) for Ready, Willing & Able program participants who want to remove collateral consequences from their record. For additional information and to sign up, please contact Tianna Porter at tporter@doe.org or 347-262-4071.
  • 100 Suits Boutique (in the cafeteria; first come, first served basis) for anyone interested in getting the full “boutique” experience, complete with a suit fitting with a stylist, a haircut/grooming session, and a review of professional etiquette.
Don’t miss this chance to make your vote count—mark your calendar today! We look forward to seeing you at the Harlem Center for Opportunity on Sept. 29.
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