Felony law prevents thousands from voting

Felony law prevents thousands from voting

KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Tens of thousands of Kentuckians weren’t able to vote on Tuesday. Not because they didn’t want to, but because they couldn’t.

Kentucky, like Iowa, imposes a lifetime ban on voting and holding office for residents who have felony records.

A study by the Sentencing Project recently showed across the country, the total number of Americans disenfranchised due to similar laws is about 6.2-million.

In Florida, voters overwhelmingly approved amendment four, which restores voting rights to some people in the state who have been convicted of felonies, which is an estimated 1.5-million people.

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