Outgoing Democrat Governor of Kentucky Restores VOTING RIGHTS FOR FELONS

Steve Beshear

Kentucky’s Democrat governor Steve Beshear has a parting gift for the people of his state. He’s restored voting rights for thousands of criminals.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports:

Outgoing Kentucky governor restores voting rights for thousands of felons

The outgoing Democratic governor of Kentucky signed an executive order Tuesday to restore the right to vote and hold public office to thousands of non-violent felons who’ve served out their sentences.

The order from Gov. Steve Beshear — who leaves office next month — does not include those convicted of violent crimes, sex offenses, bribery or treason. Kentucky already restores voting rights to some nonviolent convicted felons, but the felon must apply to the governor’s office, which approves them on a case by case basis.

This new order automatically restores voting rights to convicted felons who meet certain criteria upon their release. Those who have already been released can fill out a form on the state Department of Corrections’ website.

“All of our society will be better off if we actively work to help rehabilitate those who have made a mistake,” Beshear said. “And the more we do that, the more the entire society will benefit.”

The people of Kentucky will benefit when this man leaves office.


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