In most states, after people serve their time, they get their voting rights back automatically.
In Kentucky, even a class D felony is enough to lose someone their voting rights forever unless they can get a pardon straight from the governor, or go through a process of having their record vacated and record expunged for a limited number of Class D felons..
Kentucky is one of the four most difficult states for a former felon to get their voting rights back. Only a small handful of states (Virginia, Florida, and Iowa) have as difficult a process.
An estimated 312,000 Kentuckians (including more than 240,000 who have completed their sentences) can’t vote because of this barrier – disproportionately from low-income communities. This takes away tremendous voting power from these communities.
Kentucky is one of just 4 states in which no former felons automatically get their voting rights back after they've served their debt to society. As we strive to change this policy to allow former felons to vote, we also help people navagate the existing process to request a partial pardon from the Governor.