Kentucky governor restores voting rights for 100,000 nonviolent felons

Posted on AllSides December 12th, 2019
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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed an order on Thursday restoring voting rights to more than 100,000 people with nonviolent felony convictions, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Iowa is now the only state in the country with a lifetime ban on voting for anyone convicted of a felony. Convicted felons in Kentucky previously had to seek clemency from the governor on an individual basis.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky issued a report in January that some 312,000 people feel disenfranchised because of felony convictions.
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