Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he has signed an executive order to give convicted felons on parole the right to vote.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he has signed an executive order to give convicted felons on parole the right to vote.

"In this state, when you're released from prison and you're on parole, you still don't have the right to vote," Cuomo said at the National Action Network's Annual Conference in Manhattan. "Now how can that be? You did your time. You paid your debt. You're released, but you still don't have a right to vote. At the same time, we're saying we want you to be part of society, we want you to get back in the community."

There are approximately 35,000 parolees in New York who cannot vote, according to the governor's office.

Cuomo said his administrative action was necessary because the Republican-led state Senate voted down the idea. Under current state law, parolees can’t vote until they complete their prison sentence and parole.

Read the executive order here.