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Final Days of Voting - Key information and Action

November 2, 2020 at 01:54pm

Juan GomezThis unprecedented election season is coming to a close, and today is the last day to vote early.

More than 1.3 million Kentuckians have already voted. Our election officials, especially local county clerks and poll workers, have worked to make voting safe and accessible, and we’re on track to see historic voter turnout.

It’s never been more important that we all vote. Let's spread the word and make sure people know their options for voting. Polling times and locations for today and tomorrow are here by county. And if you have your mail-in ballot, drop it off at the closest ballot drop box.

Once voting ends tomorrow, let’s be patient as votes are counted. Counting every vote is an important part of a healthy democracy. And keep in mind that the early results we hear from the media may change as more ballots are counted.

Big Voting Rights phone bank a success

November 2, 2020 at 01:45pm

10/31/20 GOTV phone bank for Kentuckians with Felonies in their past 10/31/20 GOTV phone bank for Kentuckians with Felonies in their pastWe had a big phone bank over the weekend and called 3,200 people with felonies in their past who are registered to vote to let them know they can go vote today or tomorrow. We had 59 callers, so we went on to call another 8,000 voters, mostly Black Kentuckians and help them to vote as well.

Kudos to all the volunteers who came out and to the organizations that co-sponsored the phone bank - Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, Hood to the Holler, ACLU, Together Frankfort, KUUJAN, Indivisible Danville, Youth Violence Prevention Research Center, and the Kentucky Poor People's Campaign.

Just one more week of voting left! Vote, Share and Volunteer.

October 27, 2020 at 01:58pm

Caitlin Powell Voting 2020 General ElectionWe know KFTC members are super voters who vote in almost every election and we appreciate you all for doing it. And we all know people who haven’t yet voted. With just one week left to vote, it’s time to really spread the word.

Kentuckians have now cast more than 1 million votes, and we’re on track for record turnout if we keep this up!

You can find your local voting locations at www.GoVoteKY.com and you can vote throughout this week, Saturday or even next Monday. Don’t wait until November 3 – the sooner you vote, the better.

If you requested your mailed ballot before the deadline and if it doesn’t arrive by October 28, you can vote in person.

You can volunteer with KFTC and our New Power PAC from the comfort of your home to make calls to voters to mobilize them to vote, or come join us at events like election protection at the polls. All of our events are listed online at www.kftc.org/meetonline

Kentucky Democracy Project Launch! Sign up to Volunteer!

September 3, 2020 at 02:19pm

Voter Registration CaitlinThe Kentucky Democracy Project is a new campaign to register, educate and mobilize Kentucky voters to participate in the 2020 election and beyond. As Kentuckians, we can work together to build a healthy democracy where everyone has a voice and a vote. Our focus is on communities often left out of the political decision-making process – lower income communities, people of color, and young people - particularly 170,000 Kentuckians with felonies in their past got back their right to vote.  All Kentuckians should have a voice in elections and should be listened to by elected leaders.

The Kentucky Democracy Project’s work includes online trainings, phone banks to register or mobilize voters, leaving lit pieces on doors, COVID-19 safe voter registration tables and canvassing, and mailings. If you’d like to get involved or learn more, visit www.KentuckyDemocracy.org/volunteer  We have two big trainings next week and lots of upcoming phone banks!

Request your ballot at www.GoVoteKY.com Today!

August 24, 2020 at 12:53pm

Juan GomezKFTC and allies have been fighting for the Election Kentucky Deserves, making our case to the Governor, Secretary of State and State Board of Elections that Kentucky can choose to defend both our democracy and the health of all Kentuckians.

With a series of decisions over the last week, we’ve won much of that vision including universal access to voting by mail, weeks of in-person voting before election day including Saturdays, and drop boxes for ballots.
Here are some highlights about how this year’s election will work

Let’s push for the election Kentucky deserves

August 11, 2020 at 02:06pm

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Note: The Election Kentucky Deserves was sent on August 12 as an open letter to Secretary of State Michael Adams, Governor Andy Beshear and all members of the State Board of Elections from 54 Kentucky organizations.

Most Kentuckians agree that our democracy works best when we all have a voice and a vote in the decisions impacting our lives.

In this year’s primary election, many Kentuckians could vote early or by mail for the very first time and overwhelmingly chose those options. We had record voter turnout and largely did it safely from our homes. It wasn’t perfect. But that’s something to celebrate in any election and especially in the middle of a pandemic.

Now the risk of COVID-19 is greater than ever. Kentucky has the opportunity to improve upon that election process and give Kentuckians the election we deserve – one that makes voting safe, convenient, secure and robust.

Registering 170,000 People with Felonies in their Past - Starting with Training

July 14, 2020 at 10:05am

VotingRightsCoalitionMeeting7-10-20The Kentucky Voting Rights Coalition has just under 3 months to register some 170,000 people with felonies in their past who got their right to vote back through Beshear's executive action. We plan to do it through phone conversations, texting, door-to-door canvassing, mailers, PSAs, and more. But all that starts with training! Can you come out to learn more about how to help people navigate this process? If so, sign up below!

Kentuckians with felonies cast first votes since Beshear restored voting rights

June 24, 2020
WLEX-TV

More than 140,000 Kentuckians with felonies had the opportunity to vote in Tuesday’s primary election for the first time since Gov. Andy Beshear restored their voting rights in December.

Juan Gomez was among them.

Kentuckians with felonies vote in first election since Beshear restored voting rights

June 23, 2020
The Courier-Journal

Tuesday marked the first election since Gov. Andy Beshear automatically restored voting rights more than half of an estimated 312,000 Kentucky residents with felonies who had completed their sentences.

Debbie Graner voted yesterday!

June 23, 2020 at 09:23am

Debbie GranerKFTC Leader Debbie Graner of Frankfort, voted for the first time yesterday after getting her right to vote back! Debbie fought hard to restore voting rights and because of her work and others, 152,000 people with felonies in their past can vote this election who could not vote last election.

People with felonies in their past who want to know if they got their right to vote back can visit CivilRightsResoration.ky.gov to check, then they can register normally.

If you have questions, call Dave Newton at 859-420-8919.

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