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Executive Summary: Boards of Elections Continue Illegally to Disfranchise Voters with Felony Convictions

Published: March 15, 2006

The Brennan Center for Justice, Demos and the Legal Action Center call upon the New York State Board of Elections to end the systematic practice of illegally disenfranchising thousands of eligible voters. A survey of 63 local election boards conducted late last year by the Brennan Center and Demos found that more than one-third of local boards, including four in New York City, are disenfranchising former prisoners and probationers who are eligible to register and vote under state law. These survey results repeat the widespread errors exposed in a 2003 Brennan Center and Legal Action Center survey. T