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MAGNET SCHOOL STUDY COMMITTEE will meet at 10am at Lang House on Tues, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19th. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Beverly Moore is chair. _________________________________________________________
**Message from the President**
At the July 24th Metro Council meeting, they unanimously adopted the following resolution:
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING THE AMENDMENT OF THE KENTUCKY CONSTITUTION §145 TO RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS TO PERSONS CONVICTED OF FELONIES OTHER THAN TREASON, INTENTIONAL KILLING, A SEX CRIME, OR BRIBERY, THE RIGHT TO VOTE AT THE EXPIRATION OF PROBATION OR FINAL DISCHARGE FROM PAROLE OR MAXIMUM EXPIRATION OF SENTENCE.
On behalf of the League, I made the following statement in favor of the resolution:
The League of Women Voters was founded in 1920 when the amendment passed giving women the right to vote. We take voting very seriously. To us, voting is a responsibility and a duty for all citizens, essential for democracy.
A report by the League of Women Voters of Kentucky in January, 2013, shows that there are 181,000 Kentucky residents who have completed their sentences for a felony conviction. The only way any of these residents can restore their voting rights is by petitioning the governor. In 2013, 1,132 had their civil rights restored.
Further, Kentucky has the second highest African American disenfranchisement rate in the country: 22% in Kentucky compared with national rate of 7.66%. One of every five African American adults in Kentucky cannot vote. Kentucky is one of only 3 states that does not automatically restore rights.
Once when I was registering voters at a day care center, a young man, coming to pick up his children, pulled me aside and explained that he could not register. What struck me was that not only could he not vote for president, but he could not vote in races that affect his DAILY LIFE: school board member, judges, metro council member. This is grossly unfair.
The Kentucky League of Women Voters has supported the bill for restoration of felony rights each time it passed in the Kentucky House. With your support, we may get it through the Senate next time. Therefore, we applaud the Council for introducing this resolution and urge your continued efforts to restore these vital rights to all citizens.
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