KY Dem Governor Wrecks Republican Voter Suppression Restores Voting Rights To...

KY Dem Governor Wrecks Republican Voter Suppression Restores Voting Rights To 170k Americans


Voting rights are something virtually every Republican wants to take away from the people of this nation. We have seen this magnified since the election of Barack Obama, but it goes back much longer than that. Republican voter suppression started in 1980 when the founder of ALEC convinced the Republican party that the less people vote, the more they will win.

Kentucky Democrat, Governor Steve Beshear, took a bold step in foiling Republican suppression efforts in a big way. With one executive order, he restored voting rights to 140k non-violent ex-felons.

In total, it is estimated that Beshears E.O. will restore voting rights to upwards of 180k Kentuckians over the next few years. The 140k will be more or less an instant restoration.

Republicans have whipped up mass hysteria over the theory of voter fraud. It has not yet been proven to be any kind of problem, except for the Republicans who have been caught trying to throw out voter registration forms or rig election machines.

Real provable voter fraud essentially does not exist and is just a smoke screen by Republicans to suppress your voting rights. The majority of cases that can be called fraud are from people who are simply confused about eligibility when using absentee ballots.

The Brennan Center for Justice has called Governor Beshears move an incredible breakthrough in the movement to end criminal disenfranchisement policies nationwide.

It is important to remember the racial disparity in this as well. A majority of ex-felons are people of color due to mass incarceration policies for non-violent crimes. Not only does this move restore fundamental rights to citizens that have paid their debt to society, but it helps tremendously in enabling a greater voice for minorities that have been historically under-represented in governance.

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    • CromIsMyGod

      If Im not mistaken, we have the highest rate of incarceration of any country in the world, primarily as a result of the ridiculous war on drugs. When these inmates are released, they find it extremely difficult to integrate back into society for a number of reasons, but one of the biggest problems is that they are never treated as though they have paid their debt. This is evident in the myriad ways they are disenfranchised, including being denied the right to vote, but even more importantly, the difficulties they face finding jobs. These problems significantly influence rates of recidivism, contributing to the perpetuation of a criminal class. Perhaps finding a way to allow these people to become part of society again, isnt a bad idea.

      • simhedges

        Yes. In the UK there are no restrictions on voting once you leave prison. Youve done your time, paid your debt to society, and your voting rights are restored.