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31st Senate District Special Election

There's a special election today for the 31st Senate District in Elliot, Martin, Lawrence, Morgan and Pike counties.

The race is between Democrat Darrell Pugh Republican Phillip Wheeler 

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  If you're in line at 6pm, they have to let you vote!

Voting Rights bill comes up for a hearing in House

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On Monday, members of the House Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee heard a voting rights bill to restore the right to vote to people with felonies in their past who have served their debt to society.

Primary sponsor Representative George Brown was joined by Representative Charles Booker and Representative Jason Nemes as a united and bipartisan front of legislators testifying in favor of the bill.

Voting Rights Coalition forges a path forward

Votin Rights Coalition Meeting 2-24-19

 Today, we had our first Voting Rights Coalition meeting! Twenty-six people from 19 organizations came out to get to know each other and to start to forge a path forward to win the right to vote of 312,000 Kentucky citizens with felonies in their past.

There was a lot of good will and great ideas in the room and we're now together with a shared analysis and rough path forward.

About 25 additional organizations are interested in joining the conversation or have been in conversation with us on the issue, but weren't able to make it out to this meeting. It's a solid start.

Voting Rights Committee Hearing

On Monday Feb 25, Rep Booker and Rep Brown's bill to restore voting rights (HB 91) is coming up for a committee vote on at 2pm in room 171 of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

Powerful Voting Rights lobby day in Frankfort

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Today nearly 100 KFTC members and close allies gathered in Frankfort to talk to legislators about restoring voting rights to people with felonies in their past and push for a constitutional amendment that would recognize the right to vote of 312,000 Kentuckians who can't vote now because of our felony disenfranchisement law that is out of step with the rest of the United States. Dozens of the people who came out talked about the issue from first hand experience, having the right to vote in Kentucky taken away from them. 

We had meetings with over 30 legislators and built up support for the issue with Democrats and Republicans alike, including many legislators who just got elected for the first time this last November. The vast majority of senators and representatives we talked to said they were in favor of restoring voting rights.

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