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Kentucky felons among those gaining a voice as more states move to restore voting rights

Matt Vasilogambros Pew Charitable Trusts A mistake Rynn Young made decades ago, when he was just a teenager, cost him the right to vote. Twenty-one years after his drug possession conviction, he got his ballot back when newly elected Democratic Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order last month restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons after release. “It’s been a very long time...

Letter to Editor: Debra Graner celebrated Beshear’s inauguration, hopes for restoration of voting rights

Dear Editor, Watching in inaugural paradeToday, I stood in the cold for hours at Andy Beshear’s inauguration because I believe in democracy, and I’m really proud of his win and what it means for the future of Kentucky. I worked hard with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth to get him elected, making phone calls and talking to people on their doorstep. But I couldn’t vote for him. I hope his...