First stop for this disenfranchised voter: The polls.

By Danielle Prager

Da’Ud Nashid, 50, a convicted felon who spent 28 years in a New York State prison, was one of the first to arrive at Washington Heights Academy, the polling center for the 72nd District’s State Assembly primary. He came, despite the fact that he can’t vote.

“I’m here to learn about the process,” said Nashid.

New York State law prevents individuals with a felony conviction from voting while incarcerated or on parole. Following the completion of his or her sentence and parole, the individual is required to re-register with their county’s Board of Elections.

Nashid, who did not want his picture taken, is part of the estimated 122,000 convicted felons who are disenfranchised in New York State.

“It’s part of our civic duty to vote. Not only in national elections, but in small elections like this,” said Nashid, who says he’s planning to vote as soon as he’s eligible.

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