Voters approve Marsy’s Law but its fate is still unknown


FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Voters in Kentucky said yes to Marsy’s Law, the proposed constitutional amendment that would give crime victims more rights.

But will the courts say ‘yes’ to an amendment criticized for being too vague?

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Marsy’s Law was approved by an overwhelming majority of voters during Tuesday’s election bringing in more than 60 percent of the vote total.

But just because voters say they want Marsy’s Law doesn’t mean it will become law now.

That’s because the wording of the constitutional amendment on the ballot has been challenged in court and it’s now up to Kentucky’s Supreme Court to decide whether or not Tuesday’s votes should actually be certified.

The question on Tuesday’s ballot read, “Are you in favor of providing constitutional rights to victims of crime, including the right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect, and the right to be informed and to have a voice in the judicial process?”

More than 865,000 Kentuckians answered yes to that question but before voters even cast their ballots a judge ruled the question was too vague and therefore the state could not certify the votes.

That means for now the votes cast on Tuesday don’t count.

But the judge’s ruling is being appealed and will now go the the Kentucky Supreme Court which will have the final decision on whether or not to certify Tuesday’s election result.

“You know we’re hopeful that also the votes will maybe sway to say you know even though it was maybe vague people still looked into what was marsy’s law about before they voted,” said Michelle Kuiper, a supporter of Marsy’s Law.

But those challenging the amendment say it’s wording was flawed and deceptive and therefore voters were not fully informed when they made their choice on Tuesday.

The Kentucky Supreme Court doesn’t have any deadline to rule on this case but those who know the case well say they believe because of the high profile of this case the court will pick it up rather quickly.

They say they hope to have a ruling on it within the next month.