Kentucky restores voting rights to nonviolent felons


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.”

Rynn Young, of Louisville, Kentucky, shakes the hand of Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear after the signing of an executive order to reinstate the voting rights of over 100,000 non-violent felons who have completed their sentences, at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Young was convicted of a drug possession when he was 18 and will have his voting rights restored with today’s order. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)


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