Politics
3:20 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Future of Bill Restoring Voting Rights for Some Felons Uncertain as It Heads to Kentucky Senate

A bill that would automatically restore voting rights for non-violent felons in Kentucky has passed the House and heads to the Senate, where it has historically stalled.

Republican Senate Floor Leader Damon Thayer says he won't support the bill unless it includes an amendment that would create a waiting period before the rights are restored.

“I can’t support it the way it’s written, with automatic restoration; the minute they walk out of jail, and have served all their time and parole, etc.”

U.S. Senator Rand Paul has voiced support for the bill. He favors a five-year waiting period.

Thayer says he isn’t sure yet whether a provision to require a photo ID to vote will be added to the bill.