Kentucky's Rand Paul Proposes Federal Voting Rights Bill

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-KY
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Calling it the biggest voting rights issue of our day, U.S. Senator Rand Paul plans to introduce federal  legislation this week to restore the voting rights of some convicted felons. 

Speaking Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Paul said as many as a million Americans are being prevented from casting a ballot because of prior felony convictions.

"It prevents you from employment, so if we're the party of family values and a party that believes in redemption and second chances, we should be for letting people have back the right to vote," Paul suggested.  "I think the face of the Republican party needs to be not about suppressing the vote, but enhancing the vote."

Senator Paul’s bill would allow felons convicted of non-violent crimes to regain voting privileges after their sentences are completed. 

The Bowling Republican pushed similar legislation in the Kentucky General Assembly this year without success.