Voting Rights News

Weekend's Rally For Recovery a big boost to our Voting Rights campaign

September 25, 2012 at 03:01pm

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This past weekend, our allies at People Advocating Recovery (PAR) held their big, annual Rally For Recovery in Louisville and KFTC members were invited as always to talk to people about our campaign to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. 

In all, we collected over 250 postcards in support of voting rights for former felons, registered half a dozen voters, and helped over a dozen former felons to start the process to request their rights back through the Governor's office. 

Some of the former felons we met were veterans of the armed services or otherwise people who had served their time long ago.  Few had any idea what the process might be to get voting rights restored in Kentucky and some had been given a lot of misinformation in the past. 

Disenfranchisement of Kentuckians serving time for misdemeanors

September 18, 2012 at 12:16am

One of KFTC's major statewide campaigns is to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society.  But a little know fact is that Kentuckians convicted of even the most minor misdemeanors who happen to be serving jail time on Election Day also lose the right to vote (Kentucky Constitution, section 145)

Note that Kentuckians who are in jail for, but who have not been convicted of either a felony or a misdemeanor, may request an absentee ballot by contacting the County Clerk in the county they are registered to vote in.   

Northern Kentucky chapter attends recovery event

September 16, 2012 at 10:31pm

The Northern Kentucky chapter recently tabled at the Transitions Annual Recovery Reunion in support of their work with those dealing with addiction. This annual event, which celebrates the success and continued support of those who are fighting addiction, had over 400 people attend.

HCTC voter registration update from eastern Kentucky

September 13, 2012 at 09:29pm

Voter Registration - Hazard Community & Technical College Student Activities FairKFTC members from Perry and Letcher counties came together this week to register students at Hazard Community & Technical College to vote. We were invited to set up a KFTC voter registration booth at the HCTC Student Activities Fair on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.      

Roots and Heritage a big success for voter empowerment

September 10, 2012 at 05:49pm

gIMG_6790This past weekend, Lexington held its annual Roots and Heritage Festival, which is a celebration of African-American heritage, culture and achievement. Many members from the Central Kentucky chapter of KFTC ran a booth on Saturday where they registered 58 voters.gIMG_6745

We also had great conversations with festival goers about KFTC's work to restore voting rights to former felons who’ve paid their debt to society and got an incredible 427 postcards signed in support of voting rights. 

Louisville weekend update

September 9, 2012 at 04:50pm

IMG560Today, two KFTC electoral organizers went to St. Stephen's Baptist Church in Louisville to register voters and give out information about voting rights. We registered 30 voters and gave a lot of registration cards for people to take home to family members but they will be returning those cards to the church and they will contact us to pick them up.

KFTC members make the case for New Power at Fancy Farm

August 6, 2012 at 11:34pm

For those of you who aren't familiar with Fancy Farm, it's a far western Kentucky church picnic well known for massive amounts of barbeque and almost as much Bingo. Thousands if not tens of thousands of people come out each year. 

National voter suppression efforts laid out on Bill Moyers show this week

August 5, 2012 at 09:42pm

The Bill Moyers show this week focused on the topic of voting rights. He interviewed folks from the Brennan Center for Justice who have a recent report out The Challenge of Obtaining Voter Identification about a movement going on in state legislatures across the country trying to make voting more restrictive for some voters.

Editorial | Ex-felons deserve voting rights, too

July 18, 2012
The Courier-Journal

Our criminal justice system punishes those who break the law, and, once their debt to society is paid, allows them to reenter the community. Many of these ex-felons manage to stay clean, get jobs and raise families, like anyone else. Yet in Kentucky, they remained permanently banned from a fundamental American activity: Voting.

5.85 million people disenfranchised in the U.S.

July 17, 2012 at 02:02pm

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Almost a quarter of a million former felons are disenfranchised in Kentucky. That is the latest update from a study released by the Sentencing Project, a comprehensive state-by-state report of felony disenfranchisement rates in the U.S. as they stood in 2010.