Web site helps confirm felons’ voter status
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) — More than 152,000 Kentuckians now have a convenient way to find out whether their voting rights have been restored.
Wednesday, Gov. Andy Beshear unveiled a website — CivilRightsRestoration.ky.gov — to help Kentuckians determine if they qualify.
The site features a searchable database for Kentuckians to find out if their rights have been restored. If so, they are eligible to register to vote immediately.
On his third day in office, the governor signed an order restoring the rights to vote and hold public office to Kentuckians who were convicted of most non-violent felonies and who have completed their sentences.
The search function on the website is a simple process:
- Enter a first and last name, and date of birth
- Verify the county of conviction or supervision
- A result is displayed
If the displayed result is inconclusive, there’s an email and phone number to contact for more information.
This does not include the individuals currently in custody or on supervision who will qualify upon completing their prison or supervision sentence.
Individuals currently in custody or on supervision will be reviewed for automatic restoration prior to their completion of sentence and told if they qualify. If they do not qualify, they’ll receive an application to apply.
The deadline to vote in the upcoming May primary is April 20.