Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

October 22, 2013

Not much movement on felon voting rights

By RONNIE ELLIS
CNHI

FRANKFORT — There was an air of anticipation preceding Tuesday’s meeting of the Joint Interim Committee on State Government which was to discuss restoring felon’s voting rights and the need for requiring photo identification for voting in Kentucky.

But when the meeting was over, it didn’t feel like many minds had changed from whatever point of view with which they began.

The Democratic-controlled House has several times passed legislation which would automatically restore voting rights for felons convicted of non-violent or non-sexual crimes but the legislation never got anywhere in the Republican-controlled Senate.

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