State Senator Sounds Alarm About Pardoned Sex Offenders Voting In Schools

September 07, 2018 - 6:41 pm

MINEOLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- With primary day in New York less than a week away, one local state senator wants to make sure kids in schools that have polling places remain safe.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently pardoned 24,000 parolees – including some convicted sex offenders. They will be able to walk into a school and vote on Thursday, Sept. 13.

“There was no procedure for them to vote other than to go into, possibly a school, and vote,” said state Sen. Elaine Phillips (R-Mineola).

Phillips is introducing legislation that would give school superintendents the option to allow or not to allow their schools to become polling places.

A condition for the pardon was that the parolees will not be allowed in schools to vote until 7 p.m. or later, but that is not sitting well with Phillips.

“Is that the answer?” she said. “So kids that are playing football in the fall or soccer or band practice, these level twos and level threes can still walk into our schools.”

A spokesman for Cuomo told the New York Post that schools already have the power to decide if they want to become polling places, and this is an example of fearmongering by Republicans.