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We gained ground Tuesday – and we can’t slow down

November 7, 2019 at 12:19pm

Congratulations, Kentucky – we chose a new governor! We did it by choosing each other ­– by having conversations with our neighbors about the issues we care about and by showing up together at the polls.

Governor-elect Andy Beshear’s campaign knocked on one million doors. Ally organizations engaged voters across the state. And more than 300 KFTC members and volunteers had conversations with more than 50,000 Kentuckians at their front doors, on the phone and at community events.

Together, we made an impact. And we can’t slow down.

Governor's race could decide whether 100K+ Kentuckians regain the right to vote

October 25, 2019
The Courier-Journal

AN ESTIMATED 312,000 KENTUCKIANS CAN'T VOTE BECAUSE OF A FELONY CONVICTION. THAT COULD CHANGE AFTER THE STATE'S GUBERNATORIAL ELECTION ON NOV. 5.

Voting Rights work integrated with voter empowerment

October 16, 2019 at 01:14am

As the 2019 governor’s election looms close, KFTC members are continuing the fight to restore voting rights of people with felonies. The campaign is gaining momentum and getting stronger every week.

Here are a few highlights of recent work:

Voting Rights Campaign updates

August 21, 2019 at 03:13pm

Debra Graner leading the Second Chances: Voting Rights for People with Felonies in Their Past workshop.Our campaign to restore voting rights to 312,000 people with felonies in their past continues to move forward as we enter election season, with work happening all over the state.

We asked candidates for Governor and Secretary of State about where they stand on this issue. Read those responses, and learn more about all of the statewide candidates on the ballot this fall, at our voter guide.

Our work to register and educate voters this year and build our electoral muscles is absolutely key to winning this issue. We plan on registering more than 2,000 voters, and talking with 62,500 voters in the next few months. It’s a big job, but it’s worth it. You can find ways to get involved or support this work here

NKY Loves Democracy preview

August 20, 2019 at 09:20am
Northern Kentucky

Members of Kentuckians For The Commonwealth love democracy. That’s why we spend so much time fighting for voting rights, fair representation, registering voters, working on our voter guide, and doing all we can to make sure that every voice is heard and respected in our democracy!

Voices of people fighting to restore Voting Rights

March 27, 2019 at 11:51am

Quotes from the Rally For Voting Rights from some of the people who have lost the right to vote fighting to have their voices heard

“I’m a Kentuckian, I’m a citizen of the United States. How are you going to tell me that somebody who does all that doesn’t have the right to vote? How are you going to tell me that 312,000 should be weighed by these men and women to see if they have their god given right to vote?”
— Michael Hiser (Louisville)

Video - Rally for Voting Rights Makes an Impact

March 27, 2019 at 10:45am

Powerful video from our Rally for Voting Rights sharing the voices of people who have lost the right to vote.

Rally for Voting Rights makes an impact

March 13, 2019 at 09:06pm

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g20190313_145053Today's Rally for Voting Rights in Frankfort was a strong combination – THIRTY organizational cosponsors, FOURTEEN people with felonies in their past telling their stories under the capitol dome, SIX media outlets covering the event, about 175 attendees, and with all that we built a lot of momentum and awareness for our fight for Voting Rights.

Day of Empathy lays the foundation for ending mass incarceration

March 5, 2019 at 09:14pm

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Justice should heal. That's why we joined allies in Frankfort Tuesday for cut50's #DayofEmpathy.

Voting Rights bill comes up for a hearing in House

February 26, 2019 at 09:12pm

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On Monday, members of the House Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee heard a voting rights bill to restore the right to vote to people with felonies in their past who have served their debt to society.

Primary sponsor Representative George Brown was joined by Representative Charles Booker and Representative Jason Nemes as a united and bipartisan front of legislators testifying in favor of the bill.

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