Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak (D-Cheektowaga) announced that the governor has signed into law legislation he authored requiring that voter registration records of domestic violence victims be kept confidential (Ch.73 of 2010).
The new law coincides with recent legislation that was passed into law, expanding the category of individuals covered by the law by including the definition of "family or household member" and extending the option for voting by special ballot to those threatened with emotional harm (Ch. 38 of 2010).
The new law allows a victim of domestic violence to seek a Supreme Court order directing that his or her voter registration records be kept confidential.
“Giving victims the ability to vote without the fear that their information will get into the wrong hands gives them a sense of security,” Gabryszak said. “This law will allow victims to take part in the democratic process and give them back piece of their normal life.”
“No law can take the pain of domestic violence away,” Gabryszak said. “But with over 5,000 reports of domestic violence a year in Western New York, we have to continue put more laws in place to allow victims of domestic violence to lead normal lives. Domestic violence is a pervasive, life altering crime, with that in mind we need to do all we can to help those suffering in its wake.”