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Governor Beshear returns voting rights to more than 100,000 convicted felons in Kentucky

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Governor Beshear returns voting rights to more than 100,000 convicted felons in Kentucky

Governor Beshear returns voting rights to more than 100,000 convicted felons in Kentucky

An executive order signed by Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear restored the voting rights of more than 100,000 convicted felons in the Bluegrass state.

However, there are exceptions to the rule, more than half of the state's felons will not have their rights returned.

Nation, you know?

Being ableto have the right to walk inthere and saying 'Okay, it'sone of thousands, but it's mine.mine."NEW TONIGHT.GIVING MORETHAN á100 THOUSANDá CONVICTEDFELONS IN KENTUCKY THE RIGHTTO VOTE.WITH THE STROKE OF APEN - GOVERNOR ANDY BESHEARSIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER -MAKING THAT A REALITY.GOOD EVENING I'M CRAIG MCKEE.TANYA O'ROURKE HAS THE NIGHTOFF.THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS TOTHIS RULE.MORE THAN HALF OFTHE STATE'S FELONS WILL NOTHAVE THEIR RIGHTS RESTORED.9 ON YOUR SIDE'S KRISTENSWILLEY JOINS US LIVE TOEXPLAIN HOW THE DECISION ISBITTERSWEET FOR ONE FLORENCECOUPLE.ANDY BESHEAR'S EXECUTIVE ORDERMEANS PEOPLE CONVICTED OFSEVERAL NON-VIOLENT FELONIESGET THIS RIGHT BACK.

THE WOMANYOU'RE ABOUT TO MEET CAN NOWVOTE.

BUT HER HUSBAND CANNOT."It's easy to mess up.

It'shard to come back from it."it."STEPHEN AND AMANDA HERDMANREHAB HOMES... BREATHING LIFEINTO THINGS ONCE CAST ASIDE.SO, THEY KNOW THE POWER OFSECOND CHANCES."All we want is to be heard.All we want is the same respect.respect."THEIR LEGAL TROUBLES STARTEDWHEN THEY WERE TEENAGERS, THENFOLLOWED THEM INTO ADULTHOOD."I've been shunned awaybecause of who I was."was."FACED WITH FEW OPPORTUNITIES,THEY WENT INTO BUSINESS FORTHEMSELVES AND HAVE TURNEDTHEIR LIVES AROUND."My faith teaches meforgiveness.

We all makemistakes."THE HERDMANS CONSIDERGOVERNOR ANDY BESHEAR'SCONTROVERSIAL EXECUTIVE ORDERPROGRESS."it's really, reallyhappening, but we still have along way to go."go."IT ONLY CHANGES THINGS FORONE OF THEM.

AMANDA'S FELONIESWERE DRUG-RELATED.

SHE'LL NOWBE ABLE TO VOTE.

BUT STEPHEN,WHO WENT TO PRISON FORROBBERY, WILL NOT.

IT'S ONE OFA LONG LIST OF FELONYCONVICTIONS THAT DON'TQUALIFY."I've got a lot of goodbuddies who are convictedfelons.

Great, great guys.They'll give you the shirt offtheir back.

But, I just wantto see for us, us as convictedfelons, let us be members ofthe world."world."FOR NOW, THIS NEWS PROVIDES AGLIMMER OF HOPE.HOPE."This little big thing thathappened today, what's next tocome.

It's just the beginning.Just the beginning, just thebeginning."THERE'S A LONG LIST OF MOSTLYVIOLENT CRIMES THAT EXCLUDECONVICTED FELONS FROM THISEXECUTIVE ORDER.

YOU CAN FINDIT ON THE KENTUCKY GOVERNOR'SWEBSITE.

I'VE ALSO POSTED ITON MY FACEBOOK PAGE, KRISTENSWILLEY NEWS.

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