Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced that the Assembly has passed legislation he authored (A.9368-A) requiring voter registration records of domestic violence victims be kept confidential as part of Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 18-24.
The number one fear for domestic violence victims is that their abuser will be able to locate them, which is why this legislation would allow a victim of domestic violence to seek a Supreme Court order directing that his or her voter registration records be kept confidential.
“Victims should be able to live a normal life and vote in elections without the fear that their information is going to get in the wrong hands,” Gabryszak said. “Domestic violence is a pervasive, life altering crime and with that in mind we need to do all we can to help those suffering in its wake.”
Assemblyman Gabryszak said current law states that our local boards of election must provide the address of any registered voter, as long as the request is in writing.
This bill coincides with a new law that Assemblyman Gabryszak authored that would make greater accommodations for victims of domestic violence (Ch. 38 of 2010).
The Assembly also passed a series of common sense measures aimed at protecting crime victims from further harm at the hands of their offender. For more information on these measures, please see the Assembly website at http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/Press/.
“The steps we have taken today will provide crime victims with necessary protections to help them move forward after suffering trauma and pain inflicted by their attacker or abuser,” Gabryszak said. “I urge my colleagues in the Senate to act on these measures that put victims first and ensure they get the help they need and deserve.”