Sunday, June 06, 2010

New York law to seal voter registration addresses of domestic violence victims

 "The new law will allow victims to request a court order that requires the board of elections to keep their registration records confidential. Victims addresses will be sealed and will provide protection from being contacted by their abusers.

“We can never do enough to protect victims of domestic violence,” New York State Sen. Brian X. Foley (D- Blue Point), a sponsor of the bill, said in a statement.

The law addresses a flaw in the election law that gives the boards of elections the right to disclose a voter’s address.

Previously, domestic violence victims were faced with the choice of voting and revealing their identity or not voting at all to protect themselves."
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