A Kentucky House Democrat promotes measure to restore felon voting rights


Kentucky state Rep. Charles Booker, right, promotes a voting-rights measure on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Frankfort, Ky. Booker is the lead sponsor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights for felons who have completed their sentences. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

Frankfort, Ky-(AP)- One Kentucky House Democrat is pushing for a measure to restore voting rights for felons who completed their sentences. The proposed constitutional amendment would be a permanent and broader follow-up to an executive order previously signed by Governor Andy Beshear. That order restored voting rights for more than 140,000 nonviolent offenders.

Representative Charles Booker said he praised the governor’s action but said there’s more work to do.

The proposal would automatically restore felon voting rights after completion of a prison sentence, probation or parole.

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(This story was originally published on January 30, 2020)

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