Governor Announces Fewer Hurdles for Felons to Vote

Oftentimes ,the journey from the jail cell back to society is riddled with challenges. Governor Steve Beshear says he wants to give convicted felons one less hardship.

The governor says voting shouldn't be denied for those who have paid their entire debt to society.

“It makes no sense because it dilutes the energy of democracy,” says Gov. Beshear, D-Kentucky.

Former Governor Ernie Fletcher required felons to write essays, round up recommendations, and pay fees. The result, according to the current administration, only 28% of convicted felons won back their right to vote. Even members of Fletcher's own party are now backing the Democratic governor's new policy.

“But I believe that we should restore the rights of people that paid their debts,” says Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster.

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  • by felon on Mar 7, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    I am a two time convicted felon and currently on the Dean's List at a local college. There are many others that should have the chance to have these rights restored. Don't worry, the "bad" felons won't vote anyway.
  • by Debbie Location: Mt. Sterling on Mar 5, 2008 at 11:57 AM
    If a person does the crime, then does the time, then he's paid his debt. Many many times a felony is a non-violent crime. Many many times this person turns his life around and becomes a respected member of society. It's not fair to continue to punish him. He definitely should get his voting rights back.
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Mar 5, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    If I remember my high school civics class, two of the things that convicted felons lose are the right to vote and the right to own a firearm. Why does the gov want to give them the right to vote back? Does he also have a plan to let them own firearms? This proposal makes no sense to me.
  • by Joey on Mar 5, 2008 at 05:40 AM
    Most of the "Gov's" friends probably fall into the category of felon so as I see it, he is just trying to get more of his friends to vote for him next time around.
  • by Tim Location: Lexington on Mar 4, 2008 at 07:48 PM
    This is insane and typical democrat. The "duct tape bandit", the "staple gun bandit", and child molestors can rest easy tonight. Knowing that after they have paid their debt to society, their constitutional and god-given right to vote will be preserved by Guvnur Breesheer. Hallelujah!!
  • by jack Location: adele k.y. on Mar 4, 2008 at 04:44 PM
    I think convicted felons should get their voting rights back,along with other rights they should have as americans.
  • by sharon Location: lexington on Mar 4, 2008 at 04:20 PM
    After taking the poll and seeing 65% of the people dont want felons to vote, you know they say 1 out of every 3 famileys have or know someone in prison, I'm really glad to see we have so many saints in Kentucky.
  • by Russ Location: lexington on Mar 4, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    It's about time someone in Frankfort understands people make mistakes
  • by steve on Mar 4, 2008 at 02:47 PM
    Yea it takes one to know one.


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