New York Governor Pardons Sex Offenders So They Can Vote
The Governor of New York has conditionally pardoned dozens of sex offenders, among other paroled felonious criminals, in order to allow them to vote in November.
“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,” according to the New York Daily News.
The conditional pardon, which applies to 24,000 parolees and some of the sickest criminals in the state, riled up conservative legislators in the state.
“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 has taken 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.”