Media

October 8, 2019

 For Immediate Release

 Contact:    Jules Marquart, LWVKY/Louisville Debate Coordinator

                     julesmmarquart@gmail.com

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 LWVKY/LOUISVILLE SPONSORS SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL DEBATES

LOUISVILLE, KY-Two debates for statewide constitutional offices will be sponsored by the Kentucky League of Women Voters/Louisville and broadcast by WLKY on Thursday, October 17, from 7 -8 pm.

The Secretary of State candidates, Michael Adams (R) and Heather French Henry (D), will participate in the first debate from 7 – 7:30 pm.  Attorney General candidates, Daniel Cameron (R) and Greg Stumbo (D), will debate from 7:30 – 8 pm.

WLKY’s Vicki Dortch will moderate each half-hour debate and ask questions prepared by the League of Women Voters.

“The League of Women Voters is pleased that the candidates for these important state offices have agreed to debate,” Fran Wagner, President of the LWVKY, said.  “Kentucky voters have big decisions to make when we go to the polls November 5th.  These debates will help us make informed choices as we cast our ballots.”

WLKY will livestream the debate on the WLKY app and on WLKY.com.  After airing, it will be provided online.  The debate will also be heard live on NewsRadio 840 WHAS.

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The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization of women and men dedicated to engaging citizens to become informed participants in government. The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties but its members conduct studies and take positions on issues of importance. 

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September 27, 2019

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Cindy Heine, League of Women Voters of Kentucky

Candidate Forum/Debate Coordinator/Lexington

kentuckylwv@gmail.com or 859-351-9419

League of Women Voters Co-Sponsors Gubernatorial Debate

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 27, 2019) — The second televised debate for the office of governor of Kentucky will be held on the University of Kentucky’s campus Tuesday, Oct.15, in the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

Candidates Gov. Matt Bevin and Attorney General Andy Beshear have confirmed their participation in the event co-sponsored by the UK Student Government Association (SGA), the League of Women Voters of Kentucky and Gray Television and its TV stations serving Kentucky.

Tickets for this debate sold out in less than a week.  Ticket-holders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. when the doors will be closed. The debate will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. No bags or backpacks will be permitted in the auditorium. Purses larger than 6.5 by 4.5 inches will also not be permitted. Paid visitor parking will be available in the South Limestone Garage located near Avenue of Champions.

The debate will be broadcast live from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern Time and 6 to 7 p.m. Central Time, Oct. 15, on the following Gray Television stations: WKYT in Lexington; WAVE in Louisville; WBKO-FOX in Bowling Green; WYMT in Hazard; and TriState’s CW in Huntington, West Virginia.

The debate will also be livestreamed on the following TV station websites: WBKO in Bowling Green; KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Missouri; WXIX in Cincinnati; WFIE in Evansville, Indiana; WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee; WYMT in Hazard; WSAZ in Huntington; WKYT in Lexington; and WAVE in Louisville.

Moderators for the event are news anchors Bill Bryant of WKYT and Shannon Cogan of WAVE. The League of Women Voters of Kentucky’s nonpartisan policies will be followed, and questions for the candidates will be solicited from university students across the state as well as debate sponsors. Questions will be selected by the sponsors to cover a wide range of topics of interest to Kentuckians.

UK Student Government Vice President Katherine Speece says SGA is excited to give UK students the opportunity to witness the event live.

“It is such an honor to be able to host Kentucky’s gubernatorial candidates here on campus,” Speece said. “I hope that this debate offers clarity to voters and progresses us to a better Kentucky.”

State President Fran Wagner of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky says having debates is important to the integrity of a true democracy.

“The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is pleased with the interest in this debate and invites everyone to watch the TV broadcast or join us online to learn about these candidates for governor. Democracy only works when we all become active and informed, casting votes for the candidates of our choice,” Wagner said.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

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September 19, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Cindy Heine, Kentucky League of Women Voters

Candidate Forum/Debate Coordinator/Lexington

kentuckylwv@gmail.com or 859-351-9419

OCT 1 DEBATE FOR CANDIDATES FOR LT. GOVERNOR CANCELLED

LEXINGTON, KY-The University of Kentucky Student Government Association, Gray Television and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky invited candidates for Lieutenant Governor to a debate on October 1.

That debate has been cancelled. Republican Ralph Alvarado agreed to participate. Democrat Jacqueline Coleman is not available on that date.

On October 15, candidates for governor will debate in Lexington. More details to follow.

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September 16, 2019

For Immediate Release

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Cindy Heine, LWV of Lexington

859-351-9419

kentuckylwv@gmail.com

League of Women Voters sponsors Fayette County Teacher to attend Harvard workshop

The League of Women Voters (LWV) of Lexington nominated Lafayette High School U. S. History teacher Stevie Lemons for participation in a Harvard University workshop Aug, 18- 20 on the use of case study methods to teach high school civics. The workshop was taught by Professor David Moss of Harvard Business School, who pioneered the Harvard Case Study Method to teach U. S. history, democracy and civics. The method became the primary teaching strategy in the Harvard Business School, and Professor Moss began teaching the method to high school teachers. Last summer, the Business School partnered with the LWV of Greenwich, CT to offer the workshop to local high school teachers selected by the League. This pilot effort was so successful that the national LWV invited individual League chapters to nominate 1-2 outstanding teachers from their local districts to participate in the 2019 workshop.

The LWV of Lexington selected Ms. Lemons based on an essay about her passion for civic engagement, followed by a phone interview. The final step in the selection process was an interview with the Harvard Case Method Project Team.

The 2 ½ day workshop engaged teachers in intensive study of key episodes of US History including the writing of the Constitution, division over slavery, and concepts of justice and liberty throughout our history.  Ms. Lemons described the experience as “incredible and captivating.” Ms. Lemons, along with other workshop participants, agreed to teach at least four cases from Professor Moss’s book, Democracy: A Case Study in her classroom this year and help moderate a community case discussion with LWV of Lexington next spring or summer.

Contact Ms. Lemons at stevie.lemons@fayette.kyschools.us or 606-304-5577

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The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy in which every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.  The League is proud to be non-partisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties, but always working on vital issues of concern to voters.

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June 28, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Patty Kannapel, LWVKY Communications Co-Chair

502-645-6423

kentuckylwv@gmail.com

KY LEAGUE RESPONDS TO SUPREME COURT DECISION ON PARTISAN GERRYMANDERING

On June 27, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a set of landmark redistricting cases with implications for the future of American democracy.  The Court chose not to draw a clear line between a fair district map and one that is too partisan.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is disappointed by the decision but determined to carry on the fight for fair districts designed by a fair process.  Across the country, partisan gerrymandering has created districts that disproportionally favor incumbents. Both political parties have abused the process, with politicians choosing their voters rather than voters choosing their representatives. We want Kentucky to do better than that.

The LWV of Kentucky will redouble efforts to ensure that the Kentucky General Assembly uses a fair, transparent procedure for redistricting after the 2020 census.  We also recommit our efforts to the passage of the For the People Act that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives and needs a hearing in the Senate.  One of the provisions of the For the People Act is the establishment of independent commissions in each state to redraw district boundaries following the census every 10 years.

“Our democracy is a work in progress, and the League won’t back down until we have a system in place that works for everyone,” Kentucky State League President, Fran Wagner, said.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

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June 20, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Patty Kannapel, LWVKY Communications Co-Chair

502-645-6423

kentuckylwv@gmail.com

STATE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ELECTS NEW OFFICERS 

HOPKINSVILLE, KY – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky elected new officers for two-year terms at its April 13 biennial convention in Hopkinsville.  Fran Wagner, Louisville, was elected president; Dee Pregliasco, Louisville, was elected first vice-president; Bonnie Lynch, Hopkinsville, was elected second vice-president; Harriette Seiler, Louisville, was elected secretary; and Richard Heine, Lexington, was elected treasurer. Jennifer Jackson and Judy Johnson, both of Lexington, were elected Directors. Following the convention, the State Board appointed the following Directors: Nikki Chambers, Hopkinsville; Verna Cahoon, Louisville; Patty Kannapel, Louisville; and Jules Marquart, Louisville. These new Directors join current Directors Soraya Assar, Hopkinsville; Cindy Heine, Lexington; and Mary Jo Rodgers, Louisville.

Also at the convention, the members agreed to a program including educating the public on restoration of voting rights for former felons and on the process for redrawing legislative district maps following the 2020 census. The League will advocate on those issues with the state legislature. The approved 2019-2020 program also includes League sponsorship of fall 2019 forums for candidates running for Kentucky constitutional offices, as well as events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.

Melissa Currence updated the assembly on the National League’s 2019-20 plans, including get-out-the vote strategies as well as plans for educating the public about the For the People Act.  Members also heard from several local elected officials, including Christian County Magistrate Maggie Ferguson and Circuit Court Clerk Paige Parker, about why they ran for office and their public service records.

 The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

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 For immediate release

Contacts: 

Cindy Heine, Debate Coordinator, Lexington 

cynthia.heine@gmail.com  859-351-9419

Jules Marquart, Debate Coordinator, Louisville

julesmmarquart@gmail.com  502-409-9488

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SPONSORS THREE DEBATES FOR CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR

 LOUISVILLE, KY (May 14, 2019) The League of Women Voters is offering the public three debates for the primary race for governor, working with different media outlets.

The events are:

Tuesday, May 7

Republican Candidates Ike Lawrence and William Woods

Candidates Matt Bevin and Robert Goforth declined to participate

Available at online at: www.kentuckylwv.org

Sponsors: League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Louisville

Wednesday, May 15

Democratic Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen, Geoff Young

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center Ballroom

Free and open to the public. Doors close at 2:45 p.m.

Live on WAVE/Louisville; livestreamed at wave3.com and WKYT.com

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Broadcast on WKYT/Lexington and WYMT/Hazard; other stations will air later.

Available online after May 15 airing at WKYT.com and lwvky.org

Sponsors: University of Kentucky Student Government Association, Gray Television (WKYT in Lexington, WAVE in Louisville, WXIX in Cincinnati, WYMT in Hazard, WBKO in Bowling Green, WSAZ in Huntington, WFIE in Evansville, KFVS in Cape Girardeau/Paducah, and WVLT in Knoxville) and League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington

Thursday, May 16

Democratic Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen, Geoff Young

7:00-8:00 p.m. Broadcast on WLKY and heard on NewsRadio 840 WHAS

WLKY will stream the debate on the WLKY app and on WLKY.com

Available online after May 16 at WLKY.com

Sponsors: League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Louisville and WLKY

All candidates from both parties were invited to participate in Louisville and Lexington debates. Only one agreed to participate in the Lexington Republican forum so that event was cancelled.

“The League of Women Voters sponsors debates to help citizens make informed decisions when we vote,” said Fran Wagner, president of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. “Don’t forget to use your precious vote on May 21st.  You can make a difference!”

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League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Louisville

May 13, 2019

Contact:               Jules Marquart, Debate Coordinator

julesmmarquart@gmail.com       502-409-9488

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS SPONSORS DEMOCRATIC DEBATE ON MAY 16 IN LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, KY-A debate among the Democratic candidates for governor will be broadcast on WLKY-TV on Thursday, May 16, 7 – 8 pm.  The four candidates are Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young.  The primary debate is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, in partnership with WLKY.

WLKY’s Vicki Dortch will moderate the hour-long debate, posing questions prepared by the League of Women Voters.

This is the final Democratic debate before the May 21 primary election.

WLKY will livestream the debate on the WLKY app and on WLKY.com.  After airing, it will be provided online.  The debate will also be heard live on NewsRadio 840 WHAS.

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The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization of women and men dedicated to engaging citizens to become informed participants in government. The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties but its members conduct studies and take positions on issues of importance. 

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League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           

CONTACT: Cindy Heine, 859-351-9419, lexingtonlwv@gmail.com

Democratic Candidates for Governor of Kentucky to Debate at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2019) — A Candidate Debate for the Democratic Primary for Governor in Kentucky will be held on the University of Kentucky campus Wednesday, May 15.

Candidates Rocky Adkins, Andy Beshear, Adam Edelen and Geoff Young will participate in the debate that is co-sponsored by the UK Student Government Association, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky/Lexington and Gray Television and its nine TV stations serving Kentucky, which include WKYT in Lexington; WAVE in Louisville; WBKO in Bowling Green; WYMT in Hazard; WXIX in Cincinnati; WSAZ in Huntington, West Virginia; WFIE in Evansville, Indiana; WVLT in Knoxville, Tennessee; and KFVS in Cape Gerardo, Missouri.

The debate is free and open to the public at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, in the Gatton Student Center Ballroom.

Gray Television stations will broadcast and/or stream the debate in its entirety live or on a delayed basis. WAVE plans to air live at 3 p.m., and WKYT and WYMT will air at 7 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to be able to host an event that puts Kentucky’s students in front of their potential representatives,” UK Student Government Vice President Katherine Speece said. “The challenges we face today as Kentuckians are ever evolving, and as students we desire to have a governor who will not only represent our interests but protect our future.”

All candidates for governor were invited to participate. Gov. Matt Bevin is being challenged by State Rep. Robert Goforth, William Woods and Ike Lawrence. Because Bevin and Goforth declined invitations to participate, a similar debate for Republican candidates was canceled.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky’s nonpartisan policies for primary races will be followed, and Bill Bryant, WKYT news anchor, and Shannon Cogan, WAVE news anchor, will moderate.  Questions for the candidates have been solicited from university students across the state and the sponsors. Questions will be selected by the sponsors in order to cover a wide range of topics of interest to Kentucky citizens.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization of women and men dedicated to engaging citizens to become informed participants in government. The League does not endorse or oppose candidates or political parties, but its members do study and take positions on issues of importance. 

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April 26, 2019

For Immediate Release

CONTACTS

Fran Wagner, LWVKY President

Cindy Heine, LWVKY Communications Chair   

502-875-6481 

League of Women Voters of Kentucky Demands a Hearing on the For the People Act

LOUISVILLE, KY-Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is refusing to give the For the People Act a Senate vote although Senator Tom Udall (D – New Mexico) introduced the legislation last month after it passed the House of Representatives.  Consequently, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky is running a full page, color ad in the Courier Journal on Sunday, April 28th urging our fellow Kentuckians to call their Senators and demand a hearing on the For the People Act.  Smaller ads will appear in the paper on Saturday and Monday as well as ads on its website and open digital positions.

Fran Wagner, President of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, commented that “Kentuckians have lost confidence that our voices are being heard and fairly represented.  We have a system in which corporate/money interests unduly influence politicians, gerrymandered districts strip voters of their voice, and voting restrictions disenfranchise eligible voters.  People who work 12-hour shifts or multiple jobs, parents whose children must be transported to day care before and after work, and disenfranchised ex-felons are a few examples of an election system that makes it impossible for thousands of Kentuckians to vote because of existing restrictions.”

“The For the People Act,” LWVKY Board Member, Cindy Heine, added “takes direct aim at many of the current roadblocks to making democracy work.  Some have said that it is a power grab, and it is:  it takes power away from special interests and returns it to the people.  Passage would be a huge step forward for democracy.  The Senate must hold a hearing.”

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The League of Women Voters envisions a democracy in which every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.  The League is proud to be non-partisan, neither supporting nor opposing candidates or political parties, but always working on vital issues of concern to voters.

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League of Women Voters of Lexington

April 25, 2019

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FORUM SCHEDULED THIS EVENING HAS BEEN CANCELLED 

NOTE: JUDICIAL FORUM IS STILL SCHEDULED FOR 6:30 p.m. THIS EVENING

LEXINGTON,KY-The forum for two Republican candidates for governor, announced below, has been cancelled.  The League decided to cancel when informed that Mr. William Woods’ participation was doubtful.

Please note, the forum for Circuit Court Judge, 22nd Circuit, 4th Division, IS STILL SCHEDULED from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Farish Theater, Lexington Public Library, 140 E. Main Street. This event is free and open to the public.

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League of Women Voters of Lexington

April 22, 2019

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FORUM SCHEDULED APRIL 25 IN LEXINGTON

LEXINGTON, KY-A forum for Republican candidates for governor has been scheduled on Thursday, April 25, 7:45-8:15 p.m. It will be held at the Lexington Public Library’s Farish Theater, 140 East Main Street. The forum is co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lexington and the Lexington Public Library.  All Republican candidates had been invited to participate in previously scheduled events co-sponsored by the League. Candidates Matt Bevin and Robert Goforth declined both this and earlier invitations. This is an opportunity for the public to learn about Candidates William Woods and Ike Lawrence.

This event will follow a forum for candidates for Circuit Court Judge, 22nd Circuit, 4th Division, scheduled from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Both events will be videotaped and available on YouTube after the forum.

The event is free and open to the public. Questions for the candidates may be submitted in writing at the event or emailed to lexingtonlwv@gmail.com.

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League of Women Voters of Louisville

April 2019

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FORUM SCHEDULED MAY 7 IN LOUISVILLE

LOUISVILLE, KY-A forum for Republican candidates for governor has been scheduled on Tuesday, May 7, 7 – 8 pm.  It will be held at the Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue.  The forum is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Louisville.  All Republican candidates had been invited to participate in previously scheduled events co-sponsored by the League.  Candidates Matt Bevin and Robert Goforth declined both this and earlier invitations.  This is an opportunity for the public to learn about Candidates Ike Lawrence and William Woods.

The event is free and open to the public.  The League of Women Voters will ask questions, with additional questions submitted in writing from the audience.

The forum will be live streamed by WLKY-TV Louisville.  It will be videotaped and available on YouTube after the forum.

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January 29, 2019

Contact: Wanda Lynch, President, 502-875-6481

  Judy Johnson, KY LWV Chair, Felon Voting Rights, 859-806-1309

  kentuckylwv@gmail.com 

2019 Report: Kentucky Felony Voting Law Bars OVER 312,000 fRom Polls;

126,000 MORE BANNED SINCE 2006 REPORT

  • Kentucky is one of three states to ban former felons from voting.
  • Kentucky ranks 3rd in rate of disenfranchisement; 1st in disenfranchisement of African Americans.
  • 312,000 Kentuckians are currently disenfranchised, 126,000 more than reported in 2006 study, a 67% increase.
  • Kentuckians by a 2-1 margin support automatic restoration of voting rights upon completion of sentence.
  • The 2016 expungement bill has not solved the problem of felon disenfranchisement.
  • Statements of the reasons for a governor’s decisions to approve or deny restoration applications are not currently available and open to public inspection as required by the Kentucky Constitution.

 LOUISVILLE, KY- The League of Women Voters of Kentucky released a state report today, Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky: A Report of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky: January 2019, showing Kentucky has the third highest rate of citizens and the highest rate of African Americans who have lost their right to vote despite completing their full felony sentence. This report is an updated version of similar studies conducted in 2006, 2013 and 2017.

According to the report, Kentucky is one of only three states to enforce lifetime voting bans on all persons with felony convictions. Of the other two, Iowa’s governor has pledged to correct this injustice and Virginia’s governor approves almost all applications. There are over 312,000 disenfranchised residents in Kentucky. This is an increase of more than 126,000 since the figures reported by the League in its 2006 report.

One of every 11 adults in Kentucky is ineligible to vote due to a previous felony conviction, a rate of 9.1 percent, nearly three times the national average of 2.47 percent or one in 40. Among African Americans, almost one in four is disenfranchised, a rate of 26.2 percent, more than triple the national rate of 9.1 percent.  The report also finds that 92 percent of those disenfranchised live in the community and 78 percent have completed their full sentence.

In 2016, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 40, allowing persons with certain Class D felony convictions to apply to have their felonies expunged. Since that time the felony records or 2,032 persons have been expunged, allowing them the right to vote. Those persons, along with about 11,500 whose voting rights have been restored through partial pardon by governors, comprise less than 1 percent of those currently disenfranchised.

Kentucky’s lifetime denial of voting rights is among the most burdensome felony disenfranchisement policies in the nation. The Kentucky Constitution grants the power to restore voting rights at the discretion of the governor.  Section 77 of the Kentucky Constitution states that the governor “shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, commute sentences, grant reprieves and pardons, except in case of impeachment, and he shall file with each application therefor a statement of the reasons for his decision thereon, which application and statement shall always be open to public inspection.” Statements of the reasons for the governor’s decisions are not currently available and open to public inspection.

According to a December 2018 survey, a majority of Kentuckians, across political affiliation, gender and all ages, support the automatic restoration of voting rights for persons who complete their felony sentence. Overall support is 2-1 with 66 percent in favor and 32 percent opposed.

League recommendations include:

  • Place a constitutional amendment on the ballot to restore voting rights to felons once sentencing has been fully completed
  • Increase public education about the restoration process and available resources
  • Increase assistance to individuals eligible to have their voting rights restored
  • Release voting restoration application and approval figures annually
  • Comply with the Kentucky Constitution and make public a statement of the reasons for the governor’s decisions on applications for reinstatement of voting rights
  • Reduce the $500 application fee for expungement of felony records
  • Expand felony expungement

“Kentucky has the opportunity to join other states in expanding the vote.  Last year, Florida voters overwhelmingly expanded voting rights to residents after completing their criminal sentence,” said Nicole D. Porter, Director of Advocacy of The Sentencing Project.  “Since 1997, twenty-three states including Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas expanded voting rights to justice involved residents,” said Porter.

“Voting rights restoration is vital to building solid communities of fully engaged citizens. The American Probation and Parole Association supports efforts to remove this irrational restriction from the citizens of Kentucky barred from the voting booth,” said Veronica Cunningham, APPA Executive Director.  “The APPA steadfastly supports legislation to restore voting rights to those who have lost that right due to a criminal conviction. There is no evidence that restricting the right to vote does anything to create safer communities, but there is ample research that voting enhances civic engagement and aids in reentry.

“When we show felons who have paid their debt to society that they are allowed to vote, we are saying that they are citizens again. Studies show that the rate of recidivism goes down when a felon feels he/she can fully participate in our democracy.”  The American Probation and Parole Association represents over 30,000 professionals working in community corrections in the United States.

The report, Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky: A Report of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, January 2019 along with the 2006, 2013 and 2017 reports and the December 2018 Survey Report are available at lwvky.org/about/publications/.

Additional contacts:

Nicole Porter, nporter@sentencingproject.org

The Sentencing Project, 202-628-0871

 

Diane Kincaid, dkincaid@csg.org

American Probation and Parole Association, 859-244-8196

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  The League takes positions only after deliberation and consensus from local Leagues across the state. Members include both women and men.

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January 17, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Wanda Lynch, President 502-875-6481

kentuckylwv@gmail.com

Cindy Heine, Publicity Co-chair 859-351-9419 

Public Supports Automatic Restoration of Voting Rights 

LANG HOUSE, LOUISVILLE, KY:  According to a poll released today by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, a majority of Kentuckians, across political affiliation, gender and age categories, support the automatic restoration of voting rights for persons who complete their felony sentence.

Overall support is 2-1 with 66% in favor and 32% opposed, according to a December 2018 statewide poll of Kentucky voters.  This polling indicates that the highest support for automatic restoration is from those 18-34 years of age with approval at 83% and disapproval at16%.

Kentucky male voters support approval with 63% approving and 36% not approving. Kentucky women voters support automatic restoration by a large majority with 69% approving and 29% not approving.

The number of people in Kentucky who support automatic restoration of voting rights upon completion of sentence is increasing. The current 66% approval of automatic restoration by Kentucky voters has increased from the 56% approval in a 2006 poll of Kentucky voters conducted by the UK Survey Research Center.

A total of 625 registered Kentucky voters were interviewed by telephone and asked the question: “When a person in Kentucky is convicted of a felony they automatically lose the right to vote. Do you think a person who has completed all terms of their felony sentence, including probation or parole, should or should not have their right to vote restored automatically?” 66% agreed, 32% disagreed and 2% had no opinion.

This poll was conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Strategy, Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida from December 12 through December 15, 2018. Those interviewed were randomly selected from a phone-matched Kentucky voter registration list that included both land-line and cell phone numbers. Quotas were assigned to reflect voter registration by county. The margin for error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than ±4 percentage points. This means that there is a 95 % probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if all voters were surveyed. The margin for error is higher for any subgroup, such as a gender or party grouping. Report available at https://lwvky.org/publications/publications/

“Currently, Kentucky is one of only three states that permanently disenfranchise persons who are convicted of felony offenses,” said Wanda Lynch, president of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. “Over 312,000 Kentucky citizens cannot vote because of felony convictions. We are pleased to see that a growing majority of Kentuckians agree with the League that voting rights should be restored to persons convicted of felony offenses once they have fully completed their sentencing.”

The League will release an updated 2019 Felon Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky later this month.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. To find out more contact the League of Women Voters of Kentucky at kentuckylwv@gmail.com, website:  lwvky.org, Facebook: Twitter: @LWVKY.

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July 26, 2018

Press Release

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Cindy Heine, Publicity Co-Chair
502-875-6481
kentuckylwv@gmail.com

 

League of Women Voters of Kentucky Returns from National Convention; Convention Resolutions Include Abolishing the Electoral College

LANG HOUSE, LOUUISVILLE, KY:  The League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) conducted its 53rd National Convention  on June 28 – July 1 in Chicago, IL. The event kicked off a two-year celebration of the coming 100th anniversary in 2020 of women gaining suffrage and the establishment of the League of Women Voters. More than 1,000 League leaders from 49 states and the District of Columbia attended leadership workshops and heard from guest speakers about League priorities.  The League of Women Voters of Kentucky was represented by Wanda Lynch, State President, and Glistine Jones from Hopkinsville, and Mary Jo Rodgers, State Director from Louisville.  Joan Lindop, State Director, and Becki Harmon from the Louisville League also attended.

Over the four-day Convention, delegates voted on the national organization’s priorities and resolutions. There were several discussions about the Electoral College system of electing the U.S. President and Vice President.  The Convention overwhelming passed a resolution reaffirming the League’s long-held position that the Electoral College should be abolished in favor of a popular vote system.

“There are many reasons why now is the time to eliminate the Electoral College system,” said Wanda Lynch, President of the LWV of Kentucky. “The Electoral College discourages people from voting because they feel their votes do not count, and it magnifies the divisiveness in our country by emphasizing a false blue state/red state divide.”  No delegates spoke in opposition to the resolution.

The League of Women Voters first called for an end to the Electoral College in favor of a popular vote system in 1970. The issue received more attention after the 2000 and 2016 Presidential elections, when the winners in the Electoral College lost the popular vote. The League’s position on the Electoral College is just one part of its Campaign for Making Democracy Work®, which includes ensuring a free, fair, and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. To find out more contact the League of Women Voters of Kentucky at kentuckylwv@gmail.com, website:  lwvky.org, Facebook: Twitter: @LWVKY.

 Full text of Electoral College Resolution:

Whereas:  The League of Women Voters of the United States has had a position regarding the selection of the President and Vice-President of the United States since 1970 and this position supports a popular vote system and the abolition of the electoral college system, and

 Whereas:  The 2018-2020 recommended LWVUS program focus is The Campaign for Making Democracy Work®, which includes a free, fair, and accessible electoral system for all eligible voters by focusing on Voting Rights, Improving Elections, Campaign Finance/Money in Politics, and Redistricting, and

 Whereas:  The existing LWVUS position on The Selection of the President is directly related to these topics included in the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®, and

 Whereas:  The method for the selection of the President has become an issue of much public discussion and concern in recent times and has generated interest among the public and among members of the League of Women Voters, and

 Whereas:  The LWVUS reminds us that our adopted national position on the Selection of the President calls for uniform national voting qualifications and procedures at all necessary levels to achieve a consistent nationwide electoral policy and infrastructure and that the abolition of the Electoral College is essential to achieve this standard without delay.

 Therefore May It Be Resolved That:  The 2018 Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States urgently reaffirms its long-held position that the Electoral College should be abolished.

  Adopted by the 2018 Biennial Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States on July 1, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois.

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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

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Media Advisory                                                   

Contact: Wanda Lynch, president

502-875-6481

February 7, 2018

League of Women Voters of Kentucky to Release New Report on Redistricting   

LOUISVILLE, KY-The League of Women Voters of Louisville will hold a press conference:

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

1:00 p.m.

Capitol Annex Room 125

Frankfort

The League has prepared a report on redistricting to highlight concerns about redistricting in the state. Experiences with gerrymandering in Wisconsin, Maryland and North Carolina resulting in lawsuits, as well as the 2012 court challenge in Kentucky requiring a special session to corrective action, are cause for concern about future efforts in the Commonwealth. Members of the redistricting committee and board including president Wanda Lynch and author of the report, Susan Perkins Weston, will release the report and discuss goals for improving the process in the Commonwealth.

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Media Advisory:

Contact: Wanda Lynch, President       

502-875-6481 www.lwvky.org

LWVKY@gmail.org

August 10, 2017                                                             

 Kentucky League of Women Voters Submits Comment on State’s Plan to Redesign Current Medicaid Program

LOUISVILLE, KY– Kentucky state League of Women Voters’ president, Wanda Lynch, sent the Health Committee Report Oct 2 2017 Statement n waiver (1), Secretary, Cabinet for Health & Family Services of the Commonwealth of Kentucky (kyhealth@ky.gov):

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky (LWVKY) wishes to comment on the state’s plan to redesign our current Medicaid program, including the Expansion, into a system now known as Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health (HEALTH).

We are especially concerned that the components of the HEALTH plan—as detailed in the updated and annotated #1115 waiver request to CMS—may not be in keeping with established National and state League positions.

The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost should be available to all U.S. residents. Other health care policy goals should include the equitable distribution of services, efficient and economical delivery of care, advancement of medical research and technology, and a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care.

Statement of Position on Health Care, as Announced by National Board, April 1993 and supplemented by concurrence, June 2016. (http://lwv.org/content/healthcare)

 

At our own State Conference on April 13, 2013, League delegates approved a recommendation that members “monitor the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky, insisting on transparency, oversight of contracts, and accountability in order to maintain the focus on the equitable distribution of health services.” 

Note that, at both the National and state level, League members are concerned about the “equitable distribution of services.”

If the waiver is approved, it is our understanding that the restructured Medicaid/HEALTH program will impose premium and community engagement requirements on persons already doing all they can to cope with insufficient income, transportation problems, and/or few employment opportunities–especially in rural areas.  We also question the harsh penalties to be levied on those who fall behind in premium payments or fail to report a change in income within a comparatively short time frame.  The “lock-out” periods could impact those with chronic illness, patients who need ongoing treatment or medications.

LWVKY does applaud the recent state initiatives that will tighten regulation of payments to the managed care organizations (MCOs) who direct the delivery of Medicaid services.  Such “oversight of contracts” and call for accountability are in keeping with our position.

We urge all who are working on the state’s proposal to protect access to care, to facilitate compliance by eligible enrollees, to keep the “equitable distribution of health services” uppermost in their minds.

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Learn more about the work of the League of Women Voters: http:///www.lwv.org. “Like” the League on Facebook: facebook.com/leagueofwomenvoters. Follow us on Twitter: @LWV and Instagram: @leagueofwomenvoters.  The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government and  works to increase understanding and advocacy of major public policy issues.

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Media Advisory

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, co-presidents

502-875-6481

March 21, 2017

League of Women Voters’ 2017 Convention to be held in Louisville, March 31-April 1

LOUISVILLE, KY-The League of Women Voters of Louisville will host the 2017 state League of Women Voters’ Biennial Convention on March 31-April 1.

Members from across the state will meet Friday evening at Romano’s Macaroni Grill, 401 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy, for dinner with speaker Deborah Yetter, Courier-Journal Investigative Reporter, talking about “Fake News.”  Dinner is at 7:00 p.m.and the program at 7:45 p.m.

The business meeting will open at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, April 1, at Lang House, 115 S. Ewing Avenue. Members will elect officers and adopt budgets and programs for the coming year. Lunch speaker, Jason Bailey, Executive Director, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy, will discuss Tax Reform in Kentucky. Workshops will focus on Money in Politics, Redistricting, Member Recruitment and Preparations for the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and the League’s founding.

Registration is open to members and guests. For more information call 502-875-6481.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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February 6, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, Co-Presidents

 502-875-6481 or  kentuckylwv@gmail.com 

 2017 Report: Kentucky Felony Voting Law Bars OVER 312,000 From Polls;

126,000 MORE BANNED SINCE 2006 REPORT

  • Kentucky one of four states to ban former felons from voting
  • Kentucky #3 in rate of disenfranchisement
  • Kentucky #1 in disenfranchisement of African Americans
  • 312,000 currently disenfranchised, 126,000 more than reported in 2006 study

 Frankfort, KY – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky released a state report today, Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky showing Kentucky has the third highest rate of citizens and the highest rate of African Americans who have lost their right to vote despite completing their full felony sentence. This report is an updated version of similar studies conducted in 2006 and 2013.

According to the report, Kentucky is one of only four states to enforce lifetime voting bans on all persons with felony convictions resulting in the disenfranchisement of over 312,000 residents. This is an increase of more than 68,000 since the figures reported by the League in 2013 and 126,000 since the 2006 report.

One of every 11 adults in Kentucky is ineligible to vote due to a previous felony conviction, a rate of 9.1 percent, nearly three times the national average of 2.47 percent or one in 40. Among African Americans, almost one in four is disenfranchised, a rate of 26.2 percent, more than triple the national rate of 9.1 percent.  The report also finds that 92 percent of those disenfranchised live in the community and 78 percent have completed their full sentence.

In 2001, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation to simplify voter restoration for people with previous convictions resulting in an increase in restoration of voting rights, from 831 in 2000 to 1,231 in 2003.  After a 2004 change in gubernatorial policy requiring an essay and three character references, there was a dramatic decline in applications and approvals to 164 in 2006.  Changes in 2008 with a new governor, resulted in an improvement in the numbers, 10,479 between 2008 and 2015.

In 2015, then-Gov. Steve Beshear issued an order that restored voting rights to individuals with non-violent felony convictions who had completed their sentences and met other criteria. That order also established a process by which qualifying citizens’ voting rights would be restored as they completed their sentences. In late 2015 Gov. Matt Bevin rescinded that order and replaced it with Kentucky’s prior procedure. That procedure requires individuals who have completed their full sentence to submit an application detailing their convictions and sentences served. As of October 2016, no restoration orders had been issued.

Enactment of House Bill 40 in 2016 allowed persons with certain Class D felony convictions to have those convictions vacated and expunged. Since the law took effect in July, fewer than 389 persons have had their voting rights restored.

The League has a longstanding belief that “voting is a fundamental expression of citizenship and every citizen of our Commonwealth should be protected in the right to vote,” according to the new report.   Kentucky League co-president, Dr. Terry Naydan said, “When we show felons who have paid their debt to society that they are allowed to vote, we are saying that they are citizens again. Studies show that the rate of recidivism goes down when a felon feels he/she can fully participate in our democracy.”

League recommendations include providing:

  • A ballot measure to allow Kentucky voters to decide whether people living in the community and who have completed their full sentence have their voting rights restored automatically
  • Increased assistance to eligible persons with the restoration of voting rights application process
  • Increasing public education about the process of restoring voting rights and available resources to help those wishing to vote
  • Annual release of data on the number of people applying for restoration of voting rights and expungement of felony records and the number approved and denied
  • Reduction and/or waiver of the $500 application fee for expungement of felony records.

“The League was created by women who struggled many years seeking the right to vote,” said Nita Smith, co-president of the state League. “We believe citizens who have made a mistake should have that right reinstated once they have completed their full sentence and/or parole. The League of Women Voters believes that our society is stronger when all of our citizens vote.”

The state League of Women Voters takes positions only after deliberation and consensus from local Leagues across the state.

The report, Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky: A Report of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, February 2017 along with the 2006 and 2013 reports are available at lwvky.org/about/publications/.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.  Members include both women and men.

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October 4, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Terry Naydan, co-president 502-875-6481

Nita Smith, co-president, 859-948-4541

Cindy Heine, Candidate Debate Coordinator, 859-351-9419

U.S. Senate debate canceled

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has canceled its planned U.S. Senate debate between Sen. Rand Paul and his challenger Lexington Mayor Jim Gray after Paul declined to participate. Gray had accepted the invitation.

The debate was scheduled for October 30 at the University of Kentucky and was to be broadcast live on WKYT in Lexington, WLKY in Louisville, and other television stations serving the state.  Other sponsors of the debate included The Lexington Herald-Leader and University of Kentucky Student Government.

“Research conducted on voter behavior and participation shows that not only does the public expect candidates to participate in voter education activities but it also found that voters are more likely to vote when they know who the candidates are and where they stand on issues,” said Dr. Terry Naydan, co-president of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky. When candidates choose not to participate, it is a loss for the voters.”

Invitations for the debate were first sent to the Republican senator and his Democratic opponent shortly after the May primaries.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, co-presidents 502-875-6481

or Cindy Heine, Candidate Forum/Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419

May 31, 2016

US SENATE CANDIDATES INVITED TO TELEVISED DEBATE OCTOBER 30

LEXINGTON, KY-The League of Women Voters of Kentucky has issued an invitation to US Senate candidates, Jim Gray (D) and Rand Paul (R) to participate in a televised debate on Sunday, October 30, 2016. The debate will be held at the University of Kentucky Singletary Center in Lexington.  Co-sponsors with the League for this event are the Lexington Herald-Leader, University of Kentucky Student Government and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV, Louisville and WKYT-TV, Lexington.

 

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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 February 25, 2016

 For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, co-presidents 502-875-6481

Or Cindy Heine, Publicity Chair 859-351-9419

VOTE in the MARCH 5 Republican Presidential Caucus and MARCH 8 Special Election

Louisville, KY– The League of Women Voters works to engage citizens in the democratic process and is alerting citizens about two upcoming opportunities to vote for their elected officials.

The Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus, scheduled on Saturday, March 5, will be the only opportunity for Republicans to cast their ballots to determine who will run on the Republican ticket for president of the United States. The caucus is a new and unfamiliar process for Kentucky and the League wants to be sure citizens understand how they can vote.

Kentucky voters must have been registered as Republicans by December 31, 2015, to be eligible to vote in the caucus, which will be held Saturday, March 5 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. local time.  Voting locations differ from usual polling places, so citizens should check the Republican Party web site for the location in their county. (rpk.org/caucus/) The only candidates on the Caucus ballot will be those running for president for the Republican nominee. Primary elections for all other candidates will be held Tuesday, May 17.

A special election is scheduled on Tuesday, March 8 to fill four vacancies in the Kentucky House of Representatives. They include:

District 8 (parts of Trigg and Christian counties)

District 54 (Boyle and Casey counties)

District 62 (Owen and parts of Scott and Northern Fayette counties)

District 98 (Greenup and part of Boyd counties)

Polls for the special election will be open Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. All registered voters in these districts may vote in this special election. County clerks will have information about voting locations.

“We hope that all Kentucky registered Republicans will make their voices heard by voting in the presidential caucus on March 5th” said co-president Terry Naydan. “This will be their only  opportunity to choose the standard bearer for their party for this most important presidential election. We also hope all registered voters will vote in this important special election to fill House vacancies.”

 

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

 

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October 21, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, League Co-presidents 502-875-6481

Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419

Kristi Middleton, EKU’s Chief External Affairs Officer (kristi.middleton@eku.edu  or 859-622-1597).

Candidates for Governor to participate in October 25 televised debate at EKU

In addition to the debate airing live from 6 to 7 p.m. on WLKY in Louisville and WKYT in Lexington, both stations will stream live coverage on their websites (wlky.com and wkyt.com). 

RICHMOND, Ky. The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will host a debate between the two front-runners in the race for governor with co-sponsors Eastern Kentucky University and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV of Louisville and WKYT-TV of Lexington. Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway have agreed to participate at the event on:

    Sunday, October 25, 2015, 6 to 7 p.m. (ET)

Center for the Arts, Eastern Kentucky University

1 Hall Drive

Richmond, Kentucky 

WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant and WLKY anchor Vicki Dortch will lead the hour-long discussion of key issues impacting Kentuckians. League policy will be followed.

The public may submit questions for the candidates on Twitter at #KyDebate.
“Eastern Kentucky University and our Center for the Arts are proud to partner with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, WKYT and WLKY and their broadcast partners across the Commonwealth to provide voters the opportunity to hear directly from our gubernatorial candidates,” said President Michael Benson. “The EKU Center is an ideal venue to host such events, and we look forward to hosting many more in the years to come.”

“WLKY is excited to partner with WKYT to bring you a live HD broadcast of our debate featuring the leading candidates for Governor. We look forward to a packed house at EKU as the candidates discuss the critical issues facing Kentucky,” said Vicki Dortch. Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues.

“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky for the debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant.  “We look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians in one of the final televised gubernatorial debates.”

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is pleased to co-sponsor a debate between candidates for the office of Governor,” said Terry Naydan, co-president of the state League.  “We trust this debate will help inform our electorate about the important issues of the day in an interesting format. We hope many citizens will tune in to inform themselves about the candidates and where they stand on many topics.”

Tickets are free but seating is reserved. To obtain tickets, visit www.EKUCenter.com or call the EKU Center for the Arts Box Office at 859-622-7469. The EKU Center for the Arts Box Office is open weekdays 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tickets for groups of 8 or more are available by phone. On Oct. 25, the lobby opens at 4:00 p.m., doors to the theater open at 5 p.m., and seating ends as the theater doors close at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to WLKY and WKYT, other television stations serving Kentucky that plan to air the debate on one of their broadcast channels include WYMT in Hazard; WBKO in Bowling Green; WPSD in Paducah; WLWT in Cincinnati; and WSAZ in Huntington.

Media information

WLKY in Louisville, WKYT in Lexington, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University are hosting the gubernatorial debate.

Media credentials may be obtained by contacting Chelsea Compton, EKU Center for the Arts at (859-622-7471), no later than noon Friday, October 23.

A media room with mult box will be available with live feed of the debate for credentialed media. Theater seating will also be reserved for media.

Time will be provided in the media room after the debate for credentialed media for interviews with the candidates.

Other media will be allowed to cover the debate, but space is limited.  There will be limited space for parking a satellite or microwave van and access to recording the debate on site. Outside cameras will not be allowed inside the theater during the debate. 

Other media recording the debate must abide by the following restrictions: 

  • Can only use up to three minutes of video or audio in total in regularly scheduled newscasts.
  • Television stations in the Louisville market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY.
  • Radio stations in the Louisville market must give verbal courtesy to WLKY.
  • Television stations in the Lexington market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WKYT.
  • Radio stations in the Lexington market must give verbal courtesy to WKYT.
  • TV stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY-WKYT.
  • Radio Stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal courtesy to WLKY and WKYT.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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October 5, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, League Co-presidents 502-875-6481
Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419
Kristi Middleton, EKU’s Chief External Communication Officer (kristi.middleton@eku.edu or 859-622-1597).

Candidates for Governor to participate in October 25 televised debate

In addition to the debate airing live from 6 to 7 p.m. on WLKY in Louisville and WKYT in Lexington, both stations will stream live coverage on their websites (wlky.com and wkyt.com).

RICHMOND, Ky. The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will host a debate between the two front-runners in the race for governor with co-sponsors Eastern Kentucky University and CBS affiliates WLKY-TV of Louisville and WKYT-TV of Lexington. Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway have agreed to participate at the event on:

Sunday, October 25, 2015, 6 to 7 p.m. (ET)
Center for the Arts, Eastern Kentucky University
1 Hall Drive
Richmond, Kentucky

WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant and WLKY anchor Vicki Dortch will lead the hour-long discussion of key issues impacting Kentuckians. League policy will be followed.

“Eastern Kentucky University and our Center for the Arts are proud to partner with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, WKYT and WLKY and their broadcast partners across the Commonwealth to provide voters the opportunity to hear directly from our gubernatorial candidates,” said President Michael Benson. “The EKU Center is an ideal venue to host such events, and we look forward to hosting many more in the years to come.”

“WLKY is excited to partner with WKYT to bring you a live HD broadcast of our debate featuring the leading candidates for Governor. We look forward to a packed house at EKU as the candidates discuss the critical issues facing Kentucky,” said Vicki Dortch. Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues.

“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky for the debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant. “We look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians in one of the final televised gubernatorial debates.”

“The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is pleased to co-sponsor a debate between candidates for the office of Governor,” said Terry Naydan, co-president of the state League. “We trust this debate will help inform our electorate about the important issues of the day in an interesting format. We hope many citizens will tune in to inform themselves about the candidates and where they stand on many topics.”

Tickets are free but seating is reserved. To obtain tickets, visit http://www.EKUCenter.com or call the EKU Center for the Arts Box Office at 859-622-7469. The EKU Center for the Arts Box Office is open weekdays 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Tickets for groups of 8 or more are available by phone. On Oct. 25, doors open at 5 p.m., and seating ends as the theater doors close at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to WLKY and WKYT, other television stations serving Kentucky that plan to air the debate on one of their broadcast channels include WYMT in Hazard; WBKO in Bowling Green; WPSD in Paducah; WLWT in Cincinnati; and WSAZ in Huntington.

Media information
WLKY in Louisville, WKYT in Lexington, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, and Eastern Kentucky University are hosting the gubernatorial debate.
Other media will be allowed to cover the debate, but space is limited. There will be limited space for parking a satellite or microwave van and access to recording the debate on site. Outside cameras will not be allowed inside the theater during the debate.
Other media recording the debate must abide by the following restrictions:
· Can only use up to three minutes of video or audio in total in regularly scheduled newscasts.
· Television stations in the Louisville market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY.
· Radio stations in the Louisville market must give verbal courtesy to WLKY.
· Television stations in the Lexington market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WKYT.
· Radio stations in the Lexington market must give verbal courtesy to WKYT.
· TV stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY-WKYT.
· Radio Stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal courtesy to WLKY and WKYT.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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September 17, 2015

For Immediate Release

Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, Co-presidents 502-875- 6481 or
Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419

Lt. Governor candidates Hampton and Overly to participate in a September 23 televised debate

The debate will stream live from 7 to 8 p.m. on wkyt.com and wlky.com. Television viewers in the Louisville area may watch the debate at 7 p.m. live on MeTV Louisville. Lexington area viewers may watch the debate at 10 p.m. on The CW Lexington.

MIDWAY, Ky. – Midway University, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky and CBS affiliates WKYT-TV, Lexington and WLKY-TV, Louisville, will host a debate for candidates for lieutenant governor, Jenean Hampton (R ) and Sannie Overly (D) on:

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST)
Midway University’s Anne Hart Raymond Building Auditorium
512 East Stephens Street
Midway, Kentucky

Bill Bryant, WKYT anchor and political editor, and Vicki Dortch, WLKY anchor, will moderate the debate leading an hour of questioning on key issues impacting Kentuckians. League of Women Voters’ policy will be followed. Candidates will have a set amount of time for opening, responding to questions and closing statements. They will be asked the same questions with time for discussion and rebuttal.

“This debate with women candidates for lieutenant governor, held at the state’s only Women’s College and with the League of Women Voters of Kentucky as one of the co-sponsors, is an historic event,” said Terry Naydan, co-president of the state League. “It will help inform citizens before they go the polls in November.”

Midway University President John P. Marsden said, “Midway University is pleased to serve as the host for the Lt. Governor debate. As Kentucky’s only Women’s College it is important for us to bring events like this to our campus. It gives our students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues these candidates support. To have two strong female candidates participating also gives our students a glimpse of the increased role women are playing in the political process.”

Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues. “WLKY is committed to helping our viewers hear from the candidates in every upcoming election. We are excited about this opportunity to hear from two women running for Lieutenant Governor,” said Vicki Dortch.

“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the Kentucky League of Women Voters for debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant. “During the debate in the lieutenant governor’s race, we look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians.”

The audience is limited to students and guests of the candidates and sponsors.

Media Information
WLKY in Louisville, WKYT in Lexington, the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, and Midway University are hosting the lt. governor debate.
Other media will be allowed to cover the debate, but space is limited. There will be limited space for parking a satellite or microwave van.
Other media recording the debate must abide by the following restrictions:
• Can only use up to three minutes of video or audio in total in regularly scheduled newscasts.
• Television stations in the Louisville market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY.
• Radio stations in the Louisville market must give verbal courtesy to WLKY.
• Television stations in the Lexington market must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WKYT.
• Radio stations in the Lexington market must give verbal courtesy to WKYT.
• TV stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal and on screen graphic courtesy to WLKY-WKYT.
• Radio Stations outside the Lexington and Louisville markets must give verbal courtesy to WLKY and WKYT.
• Websites in the Louisville market can post up to three minutes of the debate in total with a courtesy to WLKY.
• Websites in the Lexington market can post up to three minutes of the debate in total with a courtesy to WKYT.
• Websites outside the Lexington and Louisville markets can post up to three minutes of the debate in total with a courtesy to WLKY-WKYT.

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.
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August 25, 2015

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Naydan or Nita Smith, Co-presidents 502-875- 6481 or
Cindy Heine, League Candidate Debate Coordinator 859-351-9419

Hampton, Overly to participate in a televised candidate debate September 23

Debate will air live on WLKY-TV at 7:00 p.m.; WKYT-TV will air it at 10:00 p.m. on The CW Lexington (channel 27.2); both stations will stream it live.

MIDWAY, Ky. – Candidates for lieutenant governor, Jenean Hampton (R) and Sannie Overly (D) will appear in a televised debate, co-sponsored by Midway University, CBS affiliates WKYT-TV, Lexington and WLKY-TV, Louisville and the League of Women Voters of Kentucky on:

Wednesday, September 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST)
Midway University’s Anne Hart Raymond Building Auditorium
512 East Stephens Street
Midway, Kentucky

The debate will be conducted following League policies. Bill Bryant, WKYT anchor and political editor, and Vicki Dortch, WLKY anchor, will moderate the debate leading an hour of questioning on key issues impacting Kentuckians. Candidates will have a set amount of time for opening, answering questions and closing statements. They will be asked the same questions with time for discussion and rebuttal.

WLKY will air the debate live from 7:00-8:00 p.m. WKYT will air the debate at 10 p.m. September 23 on The CW Lexington (channel 27.2). The debate will be streamed live on WKYT and WLKY websites.

Midway University President John P. Marsden said, ““Midway University is pleased to serve as the host for the Lt. Governor debate. As Kentucky’s only Women’s College it is important for us to bring events like this to our campus. It gives our students the opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues these candidates support. To have two strong female candidates participating also gives our students a glimpse of the increased role women are playing in the political process.”

Hearst Television/WLKY has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism eight consecutive years for its commitment to covering local political issues. “WLKY is committed to helping our viewers hear from the candidates in every upcoming election. We are excited about this opportunity to hear from the two women running for Lieutenant Governor,” said Vicki Dortch.

“WKYT is proud to partner with WLKY and the Kentucky League of Women Voters for debates between candidates in the races for both governor and lieutenant governor,” said WKYT anchor and political editor Bill Bryant. “During the debate in the lieutenant governor’s race, we look forward to a thorough discussion of the important issues facing Kentuckians.”

“The members of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky are delighted to co-sponsor a debate between the candidates for Lt. Governor,” said Terry Naydan, League co-president. “In order to make Democracy work, we need an informed and engaged electorate. We expect that this debate will explore the important issues that confront the citizens of Kentucky in an interesting and informative format. We hope citizens will tune in and judge for themselves about which candidate is the most qualified to be the next Lt. Governor.”

The League of Women Voters of Kentucky is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. It works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and to influence public policy through education and advocacy. The League does not endorse, or oppose, political candidates or parties.

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April 27, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Cindy Heine, Publicity Co-chair

502-875-6481

KentuckyLWV@gmail.com

STATE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ELECTS NEW OFFICERS

SHAKER VILLAGE at PLEASANT HILL, KY. – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky elected new officers at its April 11 biennial convention at Shaker Village. Terry Naydan, Ed.D. and Nita Smith, both of Lexington, were elected as co-presidents; Bonnie Lynch, Hopkinsville, was elected first vice-president; Steve Senft of Lexington was elected second vice-president; Fran Wagner, Louisville was elected secretary and Richard Heine, Lexington was elected treasurer. They will serve two-year terms.

The members agreed to a program including a review of the legislative oversight of Kentucky’s state-funded pension system; follow up on Kentucky’s recently adopted social studies frameworks with a focus on civics; and a review of issues related to the judicial system to determine a more targeted approach for future study and/or action.

A panel including Senator Whitney Westerfield, Christian County, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gretchen Hunt, Staff Attorney with the KY Association of Sexual Assault Programs and Neil Ward, Bell County Attorney, discussed House Bill 8, the so-called dating violence bill, enacted in the 2015 legislative session. They shared the extent of domestic violence in Kentucky and the need for expansion of emergency protective orders. Senator Westerfield described the bi-partisan work on the bill over several sessions, resulting in support from both chambers.

Members also heard from Melissa Currence, the former co-chair of the national LWV Young People Task Force. As a young member from Cincinnati, Ms. Currence shared trends related to the interests and needs of younger people as League members seek to engage younger members in their work.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

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April 10, 2015

Contact:

Tammy Fagley or Cindy Heine, 502-875-6481 or 859-351-9419

State Convention to Hear from Senator Whitney Westerfield

LEXINGTON, KY. – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky will hold its biennial convention at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill this weekend, April 10-11, 2015.  Members will hear about expanding domestic violence and House Bill 8, the ‘dating violence’ bill from a panel including Senator Whitney Westerfield, (R ) Christian County, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Gretchen Hunt, Staff Attorney with the KY Association of Sexual Assault Programs and Neil Ward, Bell County Attorney.

Members will also hear from Melissa Currence, League member in Cincinnati and former co-chair of the LWVUS Young People Task Force. Ms. Currence will speak about Building the League of the Future. The panel is scheduled beginning at 1:15 p.m. (ET) and Ms. Currence will speak at the lunch hour, both at the West Family Wash House at Shakertown.

The League of Women Voters is a non partisan organization of women and men who work to educate and involve citizens in government. The League does not support or oppose candidates for office or political parties.

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February 25, 2014

Contact: Tammy Fagley or Cindy Heine, Co-presidents – 502-875-6481

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

  • 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.According to a 2013 League report Kentucky has the third highest rate of citizens and the second highest rate of African Americans who have lost their right to vote despite completing their full felony sentence. According to the recent analysis, of the 180,000 former felons who have completed their sentences and who would have voting rights restored under original provisions of HB 70, 100,000 would be adversely affected by these amendments. Kentucky’s disenfranchisement policies are harsh compared to most states. Neighboring states Illinois, Indiana and Ohio restore voting rights immediately upon release from prison, and Missouri, Tennessee and West Virginia restore rights upon completion of probation or parole supervision. None of these states impose any restrictions on the right to vote for any offense after completion of sentence. The amendments to HB 70 impose a five-year waiting period after sentencing has been completed and disqualify anyone with more than one felony conviction from automatic restoration of voting rights. These limits would create an undue burden for County Clerks who would be obligated to certify that individuals had completed the full waiting period, a challenging task. The League has a longstanding belief that every citizen of our Commonwealth should be protected in the right to vote. Legislative co-chair of the state League, Terry Naydan said, “The League supports HB 70 without amendments as we seek to increase citizen participation in our state’s electoral process, as most other states have done.” “The League was created by women who struggled many years seeking the right to vote,” said Cindy Heine, League co-president. “We believe citizens who have made a mistake should have that right reinstated once they have completed their full sentence and/or parole.” The state League of Women Voters takes positions only after deliberation and consensus from local Leagues across the state. “An Analysis of the Impact of HB 70 and Proposed Amendments Regarding Voting Rights for Persons with Felony Convictions,” February 2014; Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky: a Report of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, January 2013 and October 2006 are available at lwvky.org/about/publications/.

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FEBRUARY 11, 2013

Contact: Cindy Heine, Co-President 502-875-6481

2013 Report: Kentucky Felony Voting Law Bars Over 243,000 From Polls

• Kentucky one of four states to ban former felons from voting
• Kentucky #3 in rate of disenfranchisement
• Kentucky #2 in disenfranchisement of African Americans
• 243,000 currently disenfranchised, 57,000 more than reported in 2006 study

Frankfort, KY – The League of Women Voters of Kentucky released a state report today, Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, showing Kentucky has the third highest rate of citizens and the second highest rate of African Americans who have lost their right to vote despite completing their full felony sentence. This report is an updated version of a similar 2006 study.

According to the report, Kentucky is one of only four states to enforce lifetime voting bans on all persons with felony convictions resulting in the disenfranchisement of over 243,000 residents. This is an increase of more than 57,000 since the figures reported by the League in 2006.

One of every 14 adults in Kentucky is ineligible to vote due to a previous felony conviction, a rate of 7.35 percent, nearly three times the national rate of 2.5 percent. Among African Americans, almost one in five is disenfranchised, a rate of 22.3 percent, nearly triple the national rate of 7.66 percent. The report also finds that 90 percent of those disenfranchised live in the community, and 74 percent have completed their full sentence.

In 2001, the Kentucky General Assembly passed legislation to simplify voter restoration for people with previous convictions resulting in an increase in restoration of voting rights, from 831 in 2000 to 1,231 in 2003. After a 2004 change in gubernatorial policy requiring an essay and three character references, there was a dramatic decline in applications and approvals to 164 in 2006. Those requirements were changed in 2008 with a new governor, resulting in an improvement in the numbers, 4,260 between 2008 and 2010. According to the report, the “difficulty of having voting rights restored greatly depends on the values or political positions of the current governor,” allowing for inconsistent and inequitable policies.

The League has a longstanding belief that “every citizen of our Commonwealth should be protected in the right to vote,” according to the new report. Kentucky League co-president, Cindy Heine said. “Our report emphasizes that the LWV in Kentucky seeks to increase citizen participation in our nation’s democracy through voting, including felons who have completed their sentence.”

League recommendations include:

• A ballot measure to allow Kentucky voters to decide whether people living in the community and who have completed their full sentence have their voting rights restored automatically.

• Reexamining and improving the current application process for restoration of voting rights.

• Providing assistance in the voter restoration process three months prior to an individual’s completion of sentence.

• Increasing public education about the process of restoring voting rights and available resources to help those wishing to vote.

• Annual release of data on the number of people applying for and being granted restoration of voting rights.

“The League was created by women who struggled many years seeking the right to vote,” said Heine. “We believe citizens who have made a mistake, should have that right reinstated once they have completed their full sentence and/or parole.”

The state League of Women Voters takes positions only after deliberation and consensus from local Leagues across the state.

Felony Disenfranchisement in the Commonwealth of Kentucky: a Report of the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, January 2013 and the October 2006 report are available from the League at lwvky.org/about/publications/ .

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