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Voter Empowerment

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Roots and Heritage 2019 - 9/8-19Building the Democracy Kentucky needs is a key step to winning our vision for Kentucky’s future.  We need to make sure all Kentucky voices have a chance to be heard


The campaign to restore voting rights of Kentuckians with felonies in their past is continuing, with increasing field work to find the 170,000 people who recently got their right to vote back and to help them register to vote!  That’s happening alongside our online efforts to train people, reach people through texting, lobby legislators, and more.

Why we organize for Climate Justice, Racial Justice, a Just Transition, and a healthy democracy

Anyone in the U.S. under the age of forty and paying attention has lived their entire life aware of the existential threat caused by the global climate crisis. In recent years, Americans of all ages have expressed increased levels of alarm and urgency about climate change. According to Pew Research Center, in 2020 nearly seven-in-ten Biden voters (sixty-eight percent) said climate change was very important to their vote; six-in-ten Americans viewed climate change as “a major threat to the well-being of the U.S.” A Tufts University study found that young Americans named climate change as one of their top three concerns motivating them to vote in 2020, behind COVID-19 and racism.  

Voter Registration for Kentuckians with felonies in their past (and others)

Lexington Voter Registration June 2021KFTC members and allies are hard at work in the field - community tabling and door-to-door to find Kentuckians with felonies in their past and helping them to register to vote if they got their rights back through Beshear’s executive order.  This work is being integrated into existing canvassing efforts and some stand-alone events, particularly in Lexington where Tayna Fogle is leading weekly talking events.  These events are also key places to circulate our Voting Rights petition to identify supporters and get them involved.

Open letter to Governor Andy Beshear about Voting Rights


Governor Andy Beshear,

Kentuckians know that our democracy works best when we all have a voice and a vote. Your 2019 executive order attempted to help reduce disenfranchisement of Kentuckians with felony records in their past, and was a huge step toward a healthy democracy. I want to thank you for taking action and to let you know it's not enough.

Redistricting on the Horizon

Every 10 years after completion of the US Census, it falls to the Kentucky Legislature to conduct a redistricting process to redraw political boundaries for US Congress, KY House, and KY Senate to rebalance districts based on new population numbers.  These new districts will last 10 years until the next redistricting.  

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