JAMESTOWN – Governor Andrew Cuomo may have signed an executive order that gives voting rights to registered sex offenders, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be showing up and voting at Jamestown Public Schools anytime soon.
Last year Cuomo signed an executive order that allows thousands of parolees across the state vote, including registered sex offenders. But state law also says that any sex offender has to have the written authorization of the school superintendent to enter school property.
On Tuesday night School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe informed the School board he would not be giving that authorization to sex offenders who wish to vote on the upcoming school budget.
“I will not give written authorization to any convicted sex offender or pedophile to be on school property. We will have each of the three locations manned by a School Resource Officer or ‘red shirt’ – which is an off-duty police officer. They will be given the pictures and names of all the sex offenders or pedophiles in the voting area. If any of them show up they will be escorted off the property,” Apthorpe said.
Dustin Mcmillan says
And I hope at least one )if not all) registrants in the area sue the school into bankruptcy for denying their right to vote.
Amen, Dustin!! The only way to force these jerks to back the heck off is to make them bleed green from a main artery.
Kimberly-Sue R Brandow says
They aren’t being denied the right to vote. First, this is a privilege and they should be thankful. Second there are other voting sites to go to without putting the children at risk. My honest opinion is the city open up a spot just for them so we can get them all into the same controlled area, Then send out a huge red flag about it and let mother nature take care of the rest. Gtfoh
Sandy Rozek says
Please learn and use factual information. There is no such thing as a convicted pedophile. Pedophilia is not a legal term but rather a medical one. No one is convicted of pedophilia.
How do you see persons on the registry being a threat to children while they are standing in line in the polling room surrounded by other adults in a place where children are excluded during the polling? This policy has no basis in reality; it is only for hype and show, and you should be ashamed of yourselves.
John Covert says
God help local students if someone as ignorant as Mr. Apthorpe is in charge of their education.
Will Bassler says
It’ll be interesting when Bret Apthorpe and anybody who follows his instructions to deny voting rights to registered citizens find themselves fined a large sum of money a well a going to federal prison for around five years. All it will take is one registered citizen filing a federal complaint under Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241 Conspiracy Against Rights, and Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242 Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law.
Title 18, U.S.C., Section 245 explains what are Federally Protected Activities that are protected by sections 241 and 242 and the very first is “1) This statute prohibits willful injury, intimidation, or interference, or attempt to do so, by force or threat of force of any person or class of persons because of their activity as:
a) A voter, or person qualifying to vote…;”
recognize that the comments that have already been made on the record may be considered a type of intimidation so even if he with draws this he still might end up in federal court.
It’s about time that registrants started fighting back against the lies that as a group they are a danger to society.
Derek W Logue of OnceFallen says
I’m just going to leave this here for Bret:
18 U.S. Code § 594. Intimidation of voters
prev | next
Whoever intimidates, threatens, coerces, or attempts to intimidate, threaten, or coerce, any other person for the purpose of interfering with the right of such other person to vote or to vote as he may choose, or of causing such other person to vote for, or not to vote for, any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, Presidential elector, Member of the Senate, Member of the House of Representatives, Delegate from the District of Columbia, or Resident Commissioner, at any election held solely or in part for the purpose of electing such candidate, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.
(June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 720; Pub. L. 91–405, title II, § 204(d)(5), Sept. 22, 1970, 84 Stat. 853; Pub. L. 103–322, title XXXIII, § 330016(1)(H), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2147.)
Enjoy federal prison, Bret
Will Allen says
Meh. They’ll never arrest criminals like Bret. He’ll just lie that he was trying to protect children from THOSE people and all the stupid un-Americans will be happy. It’s all so PC that it can’t possibly be criminal. They’ll bend any laws however they need. They are criminals after all.
Will Allen says
People who support the stupidity of the Registries are truly just stupid. They aren’t Americans either. No one need have any concern for them or their families.
Got some bad new for genius Bret Apthorpe – if he actually cared about protecting anyone, he would already know that school personnel must watch ALL people and thus there is no sensible or defensible reason to try to exclude some citizens. Indefensible.
Further, it’s interesting that genius Bret isn’t worried at all about people who have actually shot children with a gun. He wants shooters in schools. Genius.
Lastly, the pedophiles work in the school. Genius Bret can pay attention to that fact instead of his big government hit list.
Bankrupt public schools. This kind of BS is what they are about.
There’s a pedophile working at Jamestown high-school right now. So denying anyone the right to vote is ridiculous. No matter what people can not be denied the right to vote. If that’s where the poling place is in a school then Bret needs to figure it out. But he’s not too bright. This is from the man who said he’s gonna keep schools open and just make sure everyone washes their hands and the same one who wouldn’t register a new student into school because she had just moved back into the district and is now getting no education. He’s is the worst possible choice for a superintendent. But carry on. Janestown will end up paying the legal fees.