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Reactions to Gov. Beshear's Executive Order restoring voting rights for some felons

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Louisville Urban League President Sadiqa Reynolds
"Today’s announcement by Governor Steve Beshear marks a new beginning in the lives of thousands of Kentuckians. This executive order will allow many of those individuals who have paid their debt to society to once again enjoy many of the basic rights that serve as the founding principles of our country.  The restoration of civil rights is also a restoration of hopes and dreams for many within the Commonwealth and we applaud Governor Beshear for his support and willingness to take action on this issue."

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
"Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to Americans. I am thankful Governor Beshear has corrected this injustice allowing thousands of non-violent felons, who have served out their sentences, the opportunity to have their voices heard."

Kentucky AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan
"Kentucky’s working families commend Governor Beshear’s decision to restore voting rights to individuals that paid their debt to society. This is a fix that was long overdue. And it’s only fair that working people who contribute to Kentucky’s economy be allowed to have a voice in our government. This executive order is good for our community and we welcome our fellow Kentuckians’ participation in the civic process."

Joint Public Statement from the Louisville and Lexington Urban League
"Today’s announcement by Governor Steve Beshear marks a new beginning in the lives of thousands of Kentuckians. This executive order will allow many of those individuals who have paid their debt to society to once again enjoy many of the basic rights that serve as the founding principles of our country. The restoration of civil rights is also a restoration of hopes and dreams for many within the Commonwealth and we applaud Governor Beshear for his support and willingness to take action on this issue."

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes 
"I welcome and applaud Governor Beshear's order restoring voting rights to non-violent felony offenders who have paid their debt to society. As I have advocated throughout my tenure as Kentucky's chief election official, a felony sentence should not equal a life sentence of silence.

"We've made great strides to improve our elections in the Commonwealth and, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this order is another important step forward. But our work is not finished.

"We must move beyond executive authority and incorporate these vital changes into Kentucky's Constitution. I will continue to champion automatic restoration of rights for non-violent felony offenders, and I stand ready to work side-by-side with the General Assembly and Gov.-elect Bevin to make that happen."

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