Felons pushing for right to vote in Kentucky

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Felons can’t vote in Kentucky, but nothing stops them from lobbying for the right to do so.

Supporters of the automatic restoration of voting rights for most felons are banking on the next session of the Kentucky General Assembly in January to grant them the same rights they have in 38 other states.

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Two Democrats and one Republican have filed legislation that would automatically restore upon completion of the sentence and probation the voting rights for felons not convicted of sex offenses, homicide, treason and bribery. The Kentucky Enquirer reports (http://cin.ci/1uQQzRf ) that all three are Constitutional amendments.

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth estimates there are 180,000 felons out of prison in the state.

Kentucky is one of only four states requiring a pardon from the governor for a felon to vote.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

 

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