Thursday, March 08, 2007

House Bill 70: Automatic Restoration of Voting Rights

By: Angela Lee Price


Most of you know that I support the automatic restoration of voting rights to former felons. We serve a God of reconciliation. Reconciliation is demonstrated most profoundly when we restore former felons to full citizenship. If a person cannot vote, they don’t have a voice in the democratic process. I don’t care how you look at it, they are not whole citizens. Kentucky’s unjust application process needs to be abolished, and you can help today! Let’s give more deserving citizens like LaMont Anderson, who regained his civil rights through the St. Stephen Voter Empowerment Campaign in 2005, the right to vote.

On Wednesday, February 28, The Kentucky House passed HB 70 by a margin of 70 - 28. House Bill 70 will allow Kentuckians to vote on amending Section 145 of the Kentucky Constitution to require automatic restoration of voting rights to convicted felons upon completion of their sentence. The bill will not apply to those convicted of murder, rape, and sodomy. The bill has been received in the Senate but has not yet been assigned to a committee.

We only have until Monday, March 12 to get the Senate to approve the measure. PLEASE CALL FRANKFORT TODAY at 1-800-373-7181 and leave this message for your Senator or State Representative, “The NAACP (or give your name) request that you urge the Senate leadership to immediately hold hearings on the bill and that you vote in favor of HB 70.”

If you don’t know the name of your Senator or State Representative, give the person answering your address and zip code, she will look up the name and take the message. That may take a few minutes. It is best that you call the voter registration office and obtain your Senator’s name before calling.

Please take immediate action TODAY by contacting your senator or representative, if you are an individual, or senators in your area if you represent an organization.

Remember, it is not Mohammad, Buddha, Confucius, nor New Age that saves. Jesus saves!


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