Making Way For Felons To Vote

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says he is removing
barriers in the application process to restore voting rights for convicted felons.
Felons who have served their sentences will no longer have to pay a fee, write an essay or secure recommendations to obtain the right to vote.
Beshear said the new policy would simplify the process that had
become unwieldy and time-consuming.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by David Location: Winchester on Mar 8, 2008 at 07:25 AM
    Lee in Morehead, if the people of Kentucky are so much below your high and mighty feet, then you should just leave....we won't miss you.
  • by Lee Location: Morehead on Mar 6, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    After reading some of these responses it makes me ashamed to live in the state of Kentucky. It's small-minded, nepotistic, white trash, idiots like you that give this state such a poor name throughout the rest of the nation. Thank god, (yes that's lowercase), that finally we have someone with a brain in office. Maybe if some of the republican, christian freaks would back off and start practicing what they preach....(love, mercy,etc... as I recall even the prodigal son got a second chance), perhaps we might make some forward progess as a state here.
  • by Powerlegal Location: Harrodsburg on Mar 6, 2008 at 01:22 PM
    Considering that 40% voter turn out is considered "heavy" I think that if a person wants to exercise this fundamental right, they should be able to. A person who commits a class d felony when they are 18 shouldn't be punished for the rest of their lives. In fact the vast majority of states automatically restore voting rights of convicted felons. I thought that reintegration into lawful society was one of the goals of the criminal justice system.
  • by David Location: Winchester on Mar 6, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    Beshear wants to get his casino referendum approved, so he is giving back voting rights to dirtbags who don't deserve them. People who commit most felonies have no morals and will vote for the people who are most like them, Liberal Democrats like Beshear. It's time for the Conservative Democrats and the Republicans to stand up to this bully sitting in the Governor's Mansion and let him know that he serves the people of Kentucky, not the other way around. Hopefully the massive amount of damage that this crook does in the next 3 years 10 months will not be irreversible.
  • by jon on Mar 5, 2008 at 09:10 PM
    what a crock of bull, we need the old days again..
  • by stephanie Location: in southern on Mar 4, 2008 at 03:32 PM
    I didn't vote for this reject. I voted for fletcher it was the rest that voted this falsified reject in. I knew how he would be and tried to tell everybody else. No one would listen. You got what you deserved
  • by Denise Location: London on Mar 4, 2008 at 01:50 PM
    I for one and alot of unspoken voices in Ky. would like to have "Our" rights restored. Not everyone STAYS a felon after they do there time. If we work and pay taxes for your daughters to sit at home have babies and eat better than I do then I believe I am fit to vote again!!! Yes, I believe if you do the crime then do the time, but your whole life, come on now, I am sure you have not did something in your life that if you had of gotten caught you would have been punished for, still if you get your act together, become a working citizen, and pay taxes then you should be able to cast your vote just as everyone else does "that didn't get caught"!!!!
  • by Brent Location: Mt. Sterling on Mar 4, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    We're barely more than 3 months into his first term in office and Beshear is already thinking about re-election in 2011 and who will be able to vote for him then. I will say that once a convict has served their time and paid their debt to society, there should be a path to regaining full citizenship rights again. But it shouldn't be as easy as turning on a light switch.
  • by WTF? on Mar 4, 2008 at 12:41 PM
    Are you kidding me? I guess he'll have some life-long democratic voters. I agree with Bruce, why is this his priority? Shouldn't he be out trying to court some factories, etc. to locate in Kentucky instead of pushing casinos and criminal's rights? I'm an independent voter, but I don't like the way this is going so far.
  • by Angry Location: Resident on Mar 4, 2008 at 12:19 PM
    Oh great, so now you mean the sex offender I had thrown out of my neighborhood will be able to vote??? You mean they guy that killed someone, and forever changed their family's lives, gets his rights back??? Dear Governor - I can certainly see you did not get elected on a strong moral argument. But then again, you relied on the weak morals of your constituents.
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