The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming Presidential election is October 9th and formerly incarcerated individuals remain disproportionately disconnected from civic engagement in general, and voting, in particular. This is a result of intentional efforts to disenfranchise Black people through the criminal justice system beginning during Jim Crow and continuing to today. Currently people in prison in New York State are prohibited from voting, but if you are not in prison — even if you have a felony conviction or are on probation or parole — you should be eligible to vote. But you must register. If you haven’t already, register here now by clicking here: nycvotes.turbovote.org
Learn more about F.Y. Eye’s voter engagement initiative here.
Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) is a statewide grassroots membership organization that builds power among low-income people affected by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness in order to create healthy and just communities. They accomplish this through community organizing, leadership development, advocacy, direct services, participatory research and direct action.