Felons continue fight to regain voting rights

Felons continue fight to regain voting rights
Tanya Fogle (Source: Theo Keith, WAVE 3 News)
Tanya Fogle (Source: Theo Keith, WAVE 3 News)

FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - There were passionate pleas from convicted felons who were at the Kentucky State Capitol asking to have their voting rights restored.

Currently, people convicted of felonies have to appeal to the governor to get their voting rights back. The bill would help an estimated 120,000 felons - except those convicted of murder or certain sex crimes.

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"10 years I've been here," said Tanya Fogle. "10 long years we've been here in Frankfort with this same bill. If they ain't got it right in 10 years, what is it going to take?"

It took about five minutes for the legislation to be passed out of a House committee. The next stop is the full House, where the bill has passed several years running.

Supporters say the real concern is the Senate. It's where the bill died a year ago, despite the support of U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

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