New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Pardons Sex Offenders So They Can Vote

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Pardons Sex Offenders So They Can Vote

Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo has been conditionally pardoning dozens of sex offenders, among other paroled felonious criminals, so they are allowed to vote in November.

According to the New York Daily News: “Dozens of convicted sexual predators deemed too dangerous to be returned to the community after their release from prison are among the thousands who received conditional pardons from Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo, giving them the right to vote.” 

The conditional pardon applied to 24,000 parolees and some of the sickest criminals in the state, which has conservative legislators in the state quite upset and questioning his motives.

“This is hands-down the most egregious public policy misstep Andrew Cuomo has made in his eight years as governor, and it shows that he will do virtually anything for a few extra votes,” said New York Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Suffolk County). “This policy rewards the worst of the worst sexual predators and lowlifes in our society and undermines the integrity of our voting system in every way, shape, and form.”

Cuomo hasn’t been in the good books with many recently. He’s taken a lot of heat from the national press recently for saying that “we’re not going to make America great again,” and that it “was never that great.”

“One of the [pardoned] predators is Hector Aviles, 61, who was known as the ‘voodoo rapist,’ according to the report. “Aviles was convicted of second-degree rape in Westchester County in 2008 after telling three of his victims — the oldest of whom was 16 — that if they participated in a sexual “ritual” with him, he could help them with their problems.”

Another beneficiary is a recently-paroled cop killer.

The governor announced in May that more than 24,000 parolees in the first round were issued the conditional pardons.

The list is littered with convicted pedophiles and rapists and other violent sexual abusers. All were granted conditional pardons from Cuomo under a new policy designed to give back the right to vote.

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