Kentuckians for the Commonwealth
Restoration of Voting Rights Lobby Day & Rally
9:00 a.m. Lobbying
1:00 p.m. Rally Capital Rotunda
Thursday March 4th
This is the single largest day of lobbying this year HB 70 - a bill to restore voting rights to former felons who have served their debt to society. (HB 70 has passed the House and is now in the Senate State and Local Government Committee.)
Join with hundreds of others as we advocate for a stronger democracy for all Kentuckians—including former felons!
Lobbying begins at 9 am in Capitol Annex room 113 and we'll have lots of small lobby trainings there from 9am to 10am.
No lobbying experience needed - we'll pair more experienced citizen lobbyists with lots of first-time lobbyists. We have appointments to visit lots of senators
The rally begins at 1pm in the Capitol Rotunda - with lots of gospel singing and stories from former felons.
Voting Rights Background Information:
Of all 50 states, Kentucky is one of the two most difficult states for a former felon to get their voting rights back in. An estimated 186,000 Kentuckians (including 128,775 people who have served their sentences) can’t vote; this disproportionately affects low-income Kentuckians and their communities.
We believe that after someone has served their time, they should be given back their right to vote – because that’s the fair thing to do and because it make’s Kentucky’s Democracy stronger.
Restoring voting rights even contributes to crime prevention. Former Felons who vote are statistically half as likely to recidivate (commit future crimes) as former felons who don’t vote. When you think about it, it makes sense. When a former felon feels like part of a community, they’re less likely to act out against that community.
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