EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSKy. Advocates Hopeful About Restoring Voting Rights For Felons
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Reported: Oct. 23, 2013 3:35 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 23, 2013 3:41 PM EDT
Frankfort, Franklin County , Kentucky
Advocates who have pushed unsuccessfully for years to restore voting rights to convicted felons after they've completed their sentences are hopeful that support from Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will provide a needed boost.
Tayna Fogle, a Lexington resident who had her voting rights restored by former Govs. Paul Patton and Ernie Fletcher, said Tuesday that the initiative seems to be energized heading into a legislative session set to begin in January. She said Paul's comments last month in favor of restoring voting rights will be helpful.
Fogle testified Tuesday before the Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs.
Kentucky, Florida and Iowa are the only states that require felons to apply for restoration of rights in order to vote even after they've completed their sentences.
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