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SECTION 510
Voting upon release
Correction (COR) CHAPTER 43, ARTICLE 20
* § 510. Voting upon release. Prior to the release from a local
correctional facility of any person convicted of a felony the chief
administrative officer shall notify such person verbally and in writing
that his or her voting rights will be restored upon release and provide
such person with a form of application for voter registration and a
declination form, offer such person assistance in filling out the
appropriate form, and provide such person written information
distributed by the board of elections on the importance and the
mechanics of voting. Upon release, such person may choose to either
submit his or her completed application to the state board or county
board where such person resides or have the department transmit it on
his or her behalf. Where such person chooses to have the department
transmit the application, the chief administrative officer shall
transmit the completed application upon such person's release to the
state board or county board where such person resides.

* NB Effective until March 18, 2024

* § 510. Voting upon release. 1. Prior to the release from a local
correctional facility of any person convicted of a felony the chief
administrative officer shall notify such person verbally and in writing
that his or her voting rights will be restored upon release and provide
such person with a form of application for voter registration and a
declination form, offer such person assistance in filling out the
appropriate form, and provide such person written information
distributed by the board of elections on the importance and the
mechanics of voting. Upon release, such person may choose to either
submit his or her completed application to the state board or county
board where such person resides or have the department transmit it on
his or her behalf. Where such person chooses to have the department
transmit the application, the chief administrative officer shall
transmit the completed application upon such person's release to the
state board or county board where such person resides.

2. Upon discharge or release from the custody of a local correctional
facility, the chief administrative officer of such facility shall, in
consultation with the county board of elections, distribute to every
person eighteen years of age or older a written notice on the voting
rights of such person in the state of New York, including information on
the importance and mechanics of voting, when such person is or may
become eligible to vote, and offer to every such person a voter
registration form; provided that, if an individual declines to accept a
voter registration form, the chief administrative officer shall maintain
a written record of such declination. Notice is not required for those
individuals being transferred to a different local correctional
facility, individuals being transferred or released to the custody of a
state correctional facility or institution, or individuals being
released to the custody of a hospital or mental health institution for
treatment.

* NB Effective March 18, 2024