FRANKFURT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has signed an executive order to restore voting rights for more than 140,000 nonviolent offenders who completed their sentences.
The Democratic governor was surrounded by voting-rights supports as he signed the order Thursday.
It fulfills a pledge he made during the campaign. Among those celebrating was Rynn Young of Louisville, who has never voted due to his drug conviction as an 18-year-old in the late 1990s.
Young now works as a sales representative. He says the order gives him back his “equality as an American.”