June 1, 2011
Pendleton County League of Women Voters Registers First Time Voters
Pendleton County League of Women Voters President Shawn Nordheim, Secretary Melissa Miller and Treasurer Wendy Harrison recently registered Pendleton County High School students to vote. The voter registration event occurred during lunchtime on May 23 at the high school. Thirty students became new registered voters.
Consistently, fewer eligible young Pendleton County citizens are registered to vote than that of any other age group. Of those young citizens who are registered to vote, the majority do not take advantage of the opportunity to do so.
Voter registration is one of the key activities of the Pendleton County League. The league will work to register not only young citizens but also all age groups of citizens who are not registered to vote. To register to vote in Kentucky, one must be at least 18 years of age by the next election, must be a citizen of the U.S. and a resident of the state.
The League plans both annual fall and spring voter registration drives to register as many new voters as possible.
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April 28, 2010
House Bill 70, which allows a change in the Kentucky Constitution to permit former felons to automatically have their right to vote returned to them as soon as they pay their debt to society, did not become law this past session. Even though the bill passed the House with little trouble, it never got a hearing in the Senate. This happened to many worthwhile bills. Time ran out and the session ended. Our coalition, which supports automatically giving back the right to vote to former felons who have paid their debt to society, is already making plans for the next legislative session. We hope to have a new version of HB 70 ready for the next legislative session.
However, if you are former felon and do not want to wait for the Kentucky legislature to act, you can apply for a partial pardon from the Governor under the law as it reads today, by first requesting restoration of your civil rights. This is done by filling out a one-page form, sent to you by the Division of Probation and Parole. The addrss is: Department of Corrections, Division of Probation & Parole, PO Box 2400, Frankfort, KY 40602-2400. Attn: Restoration of Civil Rights. It takes about two months for processing. The former felon will get a certificate in the mail, which states that he/she has his/her right tovote restored plus a voter registration card. When the voter registration card is filled out and sent to the County Clerk of the district in which the former felon lives, he/she can vote.
September 29, 2009
Teena Halbig, of the League of Women Voters, testified at a hearing on restoring former felons’ voting rights on September 22, 2009 before the Joint Interim Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affaairs Committee. State Representative Jesse Crenshaw has prefiled BR 2(formerly HB70) which will provide for automatically restoring former felons voting rights once they have paid their debt to society. The following is a copy of her testimony:
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