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Thousands of felons hopeful for right to vote

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FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Convicted felons came to the Kentucky state capitol Wednesday hoping to get back their right to vote.

They're optimistic after a House committee passed a bill Tuesday to restore voting rights for most felons, except those convicted of intentional murder, certain sex crimes or sex with a minor.

Supporters call the legislation a matter of fairness for more than 120,000 people who have served their time.

Teddi Smith-Robillard is one of the thousands who have severed time and said, "You are less than a person, when you don't have a voice into what happens to you, or what happens to your life, you are less than a person."

Smith-Robillard is able to vote since she appealed to the governor, which is the only opportunity convicted felons currently have.

Republican Senator Rand Paul endorsed the bill Tuesday.

The house has passed similar legislation before but it has died in the Republican-led Senate.

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