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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.
This story was originally published by Kentucky Today.
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky held a press conference Tuesday to announce support for a proposed constitutional amendment that would restore voting rights to all convicted felons, once they complete their prison sentences.
This story was originally published in the Bowling Green Daily News.
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has opened a local chapter in southcentral Kentucky.
In June 2022, the US Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey and ending the federal constitutional right to abortion. As the Supreme Court no longer recognizes the right to abortion as protected by the US Constitution, this ruling makes state constitutional amendments even more significant, leaving the right to abortion up to federal or state laws.
Kentucky could soon be expanding voting rights restoration to even more individuals who have been convicted of felonies.
The League of Women Voters of Kentucky filed a federal lawsuit asking the court to invalidate the state’s recently-passed picture ID requirement for voting.