GOP candidates blast Cuomo for allowing sex offender parolees to vote at schools

<p>The Republican candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allowing sex offender parolees to vote at schools.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 10, 2018, 9:31 PM

Updated 2,137 days ago

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The Republican candidates for governor and lieutenant governor are blasting Gov. Andrew Cuomo for allowing sex offender parolees to vote at schools.
Republican lieutenant governor candidate Julie Killian says parents keep asking her why they are allowing child molesters into schools.
More than 30,000 sex offender parolees were pardoned by Cuomo back in May. Former prisoners are allowed to cast their ballots at schools, but only after 7 p.m.
Before entering school grounds to vote, sex offender parolees must also get permission from their parole officer and the school district's superintendent.
Killian is urging parents to make their voices are heard.
"Parents call your schools, make sure they're not allowing child molesters in," says Killian
The governor's office is pushing back at the criticism, saying his action puts New York on par with more than a dozen other states that have restored voting rights to former prisoners.
Republicans like Killian and her running mate gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro are blasting what they call Cuomo's ill-conceived executive order.
They say it's a desperate attempt on the part of the governor to get votes, while putting kids at risk.
The pardoned sex offenders will get a chance to cast their votes in Thursday's state primary and November's general election.


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