Voting Rights


Sun March 9, 2014
State Capitol

Voting Rights, Gambling and Ballot Questions on Legislature's Agenda

Johnny Keene, right and Mary Maxwell of Frankfort stand of the steps of the Capitol and sing 'We Shall Overcome' at the end of the 50th Anniversary of the MLK March on Frankfort program, Wednesday, Mar. 5, 2014 at the Capitol in Frankfort. Keene and Maxwell were college friends at KSU and are now neighbors
Credit Jonathan Palmer/Special to the Courier-Journal

Even as thousands of Kentuckians marched on the state Capitol last week and called for voting rights for ex-felons, lawmakers have yet to reach an accord on the issue in the 2014 General Assembly. The demonstration Wednesday commemorated the 50th anniversary of a landmark civil-rights march led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to end segregation and extend voting rights for African Americans.

But the message this year focused on restoring voting rights to many felons who have served out their sentences. Legislators in the House and Senate are sparring over provisions in House Bill 70, which seeks a constitutional amendment on voter rights restoration.

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