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'This is what I've been waiting for' - Felon takes first step to have right to vote again

Mark Hendricks took his first steps toward restoring that right on Monday. (WKYT)
Mark Hendricks took his first steps toward restoring that right on Monday. (WKYT)(WKYT)
Published: Dec. 23, 2019 at 12:25 PM EST
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One Lexington man is grateful for the opportunity to have his right to vote back.

Mark Hendricks took his first steps toward restoring that right on Monday.

Hendricks told WKYT he planned to get someone to kill his ex-wife back in October 2008, but the plan didn't go far. He says the felony crime put him behind bars for eight years.

"I was glad I got caught and went to prison because that's when I realized I need some changes made in my life," said Hendricks.

Hendricks said he heard now-Governor Andy Beshear, D-Kentucky, talk about restoring voting rights for non-violent felons during a debate.

"After he took office, he did it," said Hendricks. "I said, 'Ya know what, this is what I've been waiting for.'"

Hendricks never thought he'd be able to do that again, but he has a message for anyone in the same place.

"Two things you can't do, you cant look back and you can't lose hope," said Hendricks.

Hendricks told WKYT he'd written more than 200 letters to politicians on both sides of the aisle trying to change voting right laws for felons. Hendricks says he'll continue to write letters to try to make life better for those living in society after prison.

Workers at the Fayette County Clerk's Office told Hendricks they're stilling waiting for specific orders on how to restore those rights to non-violent felons. They said Hendricks should have the right to vote back by the primary election in 2020.