This story was originally published by Forward Kentucky.
On November 29, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky published a study examining “Transparency and Citizen Participation in Kentucky’s Legislative Process” and asking the recurring question, “How Can They Do That?”
This story was originally published in Associated Press.
The review conducted by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky found that lawmakers increasingly have relied on fast-track maneuvers to pass bills, which it says can give Kentuckians little or no time to offer input. The group urged lawmakers to slow down and give constituents more time to weigh in on legislation.
From January – August 2023, state legislatures nationwide passed various bills into law. While following these developments, the League noticed several important trends around voting rights and election administration.
This opinion was originally published in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
It’s long past time for our elected leaders to pass legislation that will right this wrong. They must, and can, take steps to restore the right to vote for people who have made mistakes but have paid for them through the criminal justice system.