Congresswoman Clarke Hosts “Pardon My Vote” Panel Discussion About Voting Rights of Formerly Incarcerated and Paroled NYS Residents

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Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) hosted the “Pardon My Vote” panel discussion focused on voting rights of formerly incarcerated and currently paroled New Yorkers on November 1, 2019 at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.

Clarke said: “‘Pardon My Vote’ is an educational initiative I launched to help educate about how formerly-incarcerated and currently paroled New York State residents have the right to vote through a conditional voting pardon that was issued in an Executive Order by Governor Cuomo in 2018. At the end of the day, formerly incarcerated individuals who have paid their debts to society should have citizenship rights including the right to vote.”

The panel discussion, moderated by professor Jasmine Young, featured actress Naturi Naughton of the STARZ Original “Power”, rapper Casanova of RocNation, Jarret Berg of Vote Early NY, Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHop.com, Brandon Hicks of Governor Cuomo’s office and activist Shanduke McPhatter of Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Change.

Topics discussed included criminal justice reform, the power of each person’s vote and the steps for formerly incarcerated and paroled New York residents to register to vote.