2014 Analysis of HB 70 as amended affects voting rights of over 100,000

February 25, 2014
  • Kentucky one of four most restrictive states banning former felons from voting
  • Original provisions of HB 70 automatically restore rights to about 180,000 individuals if Constitutional amendment approved
  • HB 70 as amended requires 5-year waiting period and imposes other restrictions denying or delaying restoration of voting rights for 100,000 individuals                              
  • Amendments put undo burden on election officials

Frankfort, KY – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky released “An Analysis of the Impact of HB 70 and Proposed Amendments Regarding Voting Rights for Persons with Felony Convictions” today. Under House Bill 70 as originally proposed, permanent disenfranchisement would be eliminated for all but a handful of offenses and all rights would be restored at completion of sentence. Amendments introduced in the Senate last week, would substantially limit the number of individuals who would benefit from the policy change, as well as create greater administrative burdens for election officials. It is estimated that as many as 55% of the ex-felon population currently disenfranchised in Kentucky would continue to be excluded from the automatic rights restoration process if these amendments were enacted and the proposed Constitutional amendment are approved by voters. Read the rest of this entry »