September 29, 2021

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How restored voting legal rights assisted me

Gov. Andy Beshear issued an government get in 2019 ending most long lasting felony disenfranchisement in Kentucky. I was amongst the beneficiaries, a single of 180,000 persons with prior felonies who experienced their voting legal rights restored in time for the 2020 election.

My to start with time voting and sharing this practical experience with my daughters felt monumental. It is one thing we will hardly ever fail to remember, and has produced a shared drive that a single day we will go to the polls to vote jointly.

But that may well be a forlorn hope.

Kentuckians trying to get to rebuild their life and reengage in the civic everyday living of their communities need to have the certainty that a state constitutional modification would deliver, to guarantee that this most foundational of legal rights is protected.

It is cherished. And I have an understanding of that as perfectly as anyone.

Relevant:Kentucky restored voting legal rights to 178,000 with felonies. That is not significantly enough, advocates say