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Wed Dec 11, 2019, 07:22 AM

Kentucky governor to restore voting rights to 100,000 convicted felons

Source: Axios

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) pledged during his inaugural address Tuesday to restore voting rights to more than 100,000 people with felony convictions.

Why it matters: Kentucky is one of only two states with lifetime bans denying the right to vote to anyone convicted of a felony (the other is Iowa). In Kentucky, the governor has the power to restore rights.

Between the lines: Beshear appears to be following similar goals to his father, former Gov. Steve Beshear (D), who signed an an executive order just before leaving office in 2015 to restore voting rights to over 100,00 convicted felons.

That order would've applied to those who'd "completed their sentences and paid all of their court-ordered restitution," but his successor, former Gov. Matt Bevin (R), suspended the order days after taking office, per the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/kentucky-restoring-voting-rights-to-100000-felons-88f63c86-4c66-426f-ae2e-798925cade4e.html

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Reply Kentucky governor to restore voting rights to 100,000 convicted felons (Original post)
brooklynite Dec 11 OP
Scarsdale Dec 11 #1
beachbumbob Dec 11 #2
blueinredohio Dec 11 #3
phandancer917 Dec 11 #4
lark Dec 11 #5
steventh Dec 11 #6
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 07:40 AM

1. Good move.

Since when does a person lose their right to vote, for being in prison? This law never should have passed. Citizenship rights should have nothing to do with a person's criminal record. The only exception should be if treason is proven.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 07:54 AM

2. really will piss off GOP in Kentucky, so GREAT move.

we can only hope these people can be registered in time for 2020 election

That would make Mitch's day for sure, lol

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 08:17 AM

3. It may also get McConnell and Paul out of office.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 08:24 AM

4. As someone that lives in KY...

...this is awesome!

Next - legalize weed that caused a lot of these felonies.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 09:06 AM

5. Way to go Gov. Andy Beshear - you make us all proud.

That fairness pisses off the cheating russian repugs is just a bonus.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 09:16 AM

6. This is excellent news.

Three cheers for Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear for doing the right thing.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 10:11 AM

7. New Kentucky governor to sign order restoring voting rights to 100K felons

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Dec 11, 2019, 05:31 PM

8. k and R

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