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With eyes on Governor Matt Bevin, Kentuckians with felonies fight to regain their right to vote

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service People with felonies in their past are rallying in Frankfort today, calling on Gov. Matt Bevin to return voting rights to people who have been convicted of felonies. More than 300,000 Kentuckians can’t vote because of a felony conviction, according to the latest report from the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. Kentuckians with felony convictions who have...

Bevin signs order to reinstate voting, public office rights to 284 prior offenders

Gov. Matt Bevin has signed an order to restore the right to vote and hold public office to 284 more prior offenders who have completed their respective sentences and have applied for restoration of their civil rights. The orders are pending final background reviews by the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. They exclude individuals convicted of violent or sex crimes, bribery or treason. They...

KyCIR: Over 300,000 Kentucky felons will find themselves on the sidelines on election day

By Kate Howard Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting When Kentucky goes to the polls Tuesday, more than 300,000 potential voters will find themselves on the sidelines. That total ranks third in the nation. They all have a felony conviction. The vast majority, about 240,000, have finished their sentences. Almost 70,000 of them are black. Unless Kentucky law is changed, their criminal records will...

Rep. Mike Denham: Bills tackling dating violence, drugs, voting, more making progress

FRANKFORT – With an eye on the dwindling days left in this year’s legislative session, the Kentucky House moved virtually all of its top priorities a step forward last week and should have most sent to the Senate by early this week.   Among that group of bills is our chamber’s proposal to tackle Kentucky’s heroin epidemic, which has sky-rocketed in recent years. In short, House Bill 213...