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Registering 170,000 People with Felonies in their Past - Starting with Training

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 14, 2020

VotingRightsCoalitionMeeting7-10-20The Kentucky Voting Rights Coalitionhas just under 3 months to register some 170,000 people with felonies in their past who got their right to vote back through Beshear's executive action. We plan to do it through phone conversations, texting, door-to-door canvassing, mailers, PSAs, and more. But all that starts with training! Can you come out to learn more about how to help people navagate this process? If so, sign up below!

How to Launch a Jail Based Voter Initiative webinar - July 15 at 2pm ET- How to Launch a Jail Based Voter Initiative webinar  Sentencing Project and Campaign Legal Center.

Texting Training with CLC for Voting Rights Partners - July 16 at 2pm - Voting Rights Coalition training on texting campaign to reach people with felonies in their past.  Run by the Campaign Legal Center. Contact Dave Newton at Dave@kftc.org if you want to participate.

KFTC Live - July 22 1pm - Podcast featuring Kentucky women fighting for the right to vote - including Debbie Graner and Tayna Fogle.

Voter Registration Training Webinar - July 23 7pm-8:30pm - We’ll learn how to register voters including people with felonies in their past and help people double check their voter registration leading up to the Oct 5th 2020 deadline.  We’ll emphasize tactics people can use during COVID-19 to do this work safely.  https://secure.everyaction.com/Tco2L9b2hEm-fC3TIQEAHg2  KFTC


Registering People with Felonies in their Past to Vote Webinar - August 4 - 170,000 people with felonies in their past now have the right to vote in Kentucky.  The problem is that there’s been little state attempt to reach those people and let them know.  We’ll talk about how to walk people through the sometimes complicated process to figure out if they got their right to vote back, then register.  KFTC.

 

Voting Rights Campaign Webinar - August 12 -  Join the fight to restore the right to vote of people with felonies in their past.  Learn about the history of this campaign, where we are now and what you can do to make sure everyone with a felony in their past can vote.

 

Voting Rights Phonebank - August 13 - We’ll be calling voters to talk about restoration of voting rights for people with felonies in their past and building support.  We’ll use a system called “CallHub” so you can use your phone and computer to call people and we’ll start with a group training. 

Voter Registration Training Webinar - Aug 27 7pm-8:30pm - We’ll learn how to register voters including people with felonies in their past and help people double check their voter registration leading up to the Oct 5th 2020 deadline.  We’ll emphasize tactics people can use during COVID-19 to do this work safely.  https://secure.everyaction.com/xoAdxfzxRECHyy4Hz1m64A2  KFTC

 

Registering People with Felonies in their Past to Vote Webinar - Sept 1 - 170,000 people with felonies in their past now have the right to vote in Kentucky.  The problem is that there’s been little state attempt to reach those people and let them know.  We’ll talk about how to walk people through the sometimes complicated process to figure out if they got their right to vote back, then register.  KFTC.

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Scott County residents score victory against landfill!

Scott County residents attend hearing to oppose the proposed landfill expansion
Posted by: Beth Emery on July 3, 2020

This piece is written by member Beth Emery of Scott County.

RECLAIM Act and AML pass the House as part of The Moving Forward Act

Posted by: KFTC Staff on July 3, 2020

Kentucky will have a better chance at seeing its $400 million backlog of mine reclamation projects move forward thanks to legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on July 1.

Both the RECLAIM Act and reauthorization of the Abandoned Mine Lands Program were included in the INVEST in America Act (a.k.a The Moving Forward Act), a broad bill addressing the country’s infrastructure needs.

"I am overjoyed that Congress is finally helping to clean up abandoned mines and polluted waterways," said Joanne Hill, a retired nurse originally from Harlan County now living in Pulaski County. "For too long, Kentuckians have been pleading for action with no response.”

Booker not elected, but we're in this for the long haul

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 30, 2020

Thousands of us across Kentucky were honored to work for an amazing, inspiring candidate, Rep. Charles Booker. And though he didn’t win his bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, he changed the conversation. He stood up for a bold vision and showed up for Kentuckians in times of crisis. He called out our broken system and called on all of us to build a brighter future.

It’s essential for Kentucky, our country and the world that we elect new leadership to the U.S. Senate in November, and we’re committed to helping make that happen. Once again, the eyes of the nation will be on Kentuckians. As we continue our work to register and mobilize new voters and have even more conversations, we'll be holding Amy McGrath to her commitment to learning from the Booker movement and centering Kentuckians in her campaign. She must hear from us, and we must work together to elect a new senator.

Signature Cures for Mail-in Ballots

Posted by: Dave Newton on June 25, 2020

Voting Rights Rally DayEven after the last polls are closed, there are a few things we can do to make sure every vote is counted in this primary election.

Some Kentuckians will hear from their County Clerks this week because their signature won't look quite look like the signature on file. They'll have the opportunity to "cure" their signatures leading up to June 30th. If they don't, their ballots won't count.

KFTC members show up in big ways for primary election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 24, 2020

KFTC members stepped up in remarkable ways this spring to participate in a unique election and support a true, grassroots progressive candidate – while looking out for each other.

Election Day is Today!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 23, 2020

photo 2 (21)Today (Tuesday June 23rd) is Election Day!

If you have your ballot but haven't mailed it back yet, please send it as soon as possible.  Sign and seal both envelopes (this is important - your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures), read directions carefully, and get it postmarked June 23 at the latest.  Postage on ballots is already paid. There also will be local drop boxes at limited locations if you'd prefer to drop off your ballot (your county clerk can tell you where).

Debbie Graner voted yesterday!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 23, 2020

Debbie GranerKFTC Leader Debbie Graner of Frankfort, voted for the first time yesterday after getting her right to vote back! Debbie fought hard to restore voting rights and because of her work and others, 152,000 people with felonies in their past can vote this election who could not vote last election.

People with felonies in their past who want to know if they got their right to vote back can visit CivilRightsResoration.ky.gov to check, then they can register normally.

If you have questions, call Dave Newton at 859-420-8919.

Everything you need to know about tomorrow's (June 23) Kentucky election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 22, 2020

First,  you don't actually have to wait until Election Day to vote!  If you haven't already voted, polls are open today and you can beat the lines and vote now.  Find your county's "in-person absentee" voting location here.

If you have your ballot but haven't mailed it back yet, please send it as soon as possible.  Sign and seal both envelopes (this is important - your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures), read directions carefully, and get it postmarked June 23 at the latest.  Postage on ballots is already paid. There also will be local drop boxes at limited locations if you'd prefer to drop off your ballot (your county clerk can tell you where).

Taking action for Black lives and a moral agenda

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 18, 2020

We are Kentuckians. We choose each other. And right now Kentuckians across our Commonwealth are in motion and taking sustained actions in defense of Black Lives, in support of a shared vision and moral agenda. We cannot, will not, let up.

KFTC supports and stands with Black-led racial justice movements and organizations in Kentucky and beyond our borders who are envisioning, demanding and building a just and liberated world. We celebrate recent Supreme Court decisions affirming the humanity and constitutional rights of LGBTQ+ people and upholding DACA protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrant young people. And on the eve of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black people from slavery in the U.S., we call on our 12,000 members to continue to commit time and resources in urgent and intentional ways to advance racial justice. 

In-person voting options for the June 23 primary election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 16, 2020

There are options for voting in person before or on Election Day (Tuesday, June 23) if you were unable to request a mail-in absentee ballot by the June 15 deadline.

Quick Links

List of county clerks

In-person voting locations (on and before Election Day)

Check the status of your mail-in absentee ballot

Volunteer with KFTC to help turn out the vote

Find out more about candidates

First, if you were able to request a ballot, return it as soon as possible. Read the directions on your ballot carefully and follow all the instructions including signing both envelopes (this is important – your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures). Mail it back (it is pre-addressed with postage paid) as soon as possible but it must be postmarked no later than June 23 and received by your county clerk by June 26. Or you can hand deliver it to the county clerk, usually to their courthouse office, no later than June 23.

If you requested but haven't yet received your ballot, or mailed it back in and want to make sure it's been received, you can check the status of your ballot here. This system is a little new and has a few problems, though. You have to enter your name exactly how it appears on your voter registration on the first page. If you get a "request does not exist" response at the end, go back to the beginning and type your name exactly how it appears on that last page. For Fayette County voters, your ballot request date will show accurately on here, but other dates won't show up. They're working on the system to improve it now.

There are additionally ways to vote in person in each county by appointment before Election Day or at a limited number of voting locations on Election Day (usually just one per county). Your local county clerk can give you more information about that. Allow for the possibility of long lines if you plan to voter in person on Election Day, and wear a mask.

You can use www.KentuckyElection.org to learn more about candidates and their stances.

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