State Senator Dan Seum http://wfpl.org en Seum Shows Support For Felon Voting Rights, Medical Marijuana http://wfpl.org/post/seum-shows-support-felon-voting-rights-medical-marijuana <p>Republican Kentucky state Senator Dan Seum of Louisville expressed some support for the idea of non-violent convicted felons receiving their voting rights back along with legalizing medical marijuana.</p><p>Under the state constitution, former felons must petition the governor to regain their right to vote.</p><p>Kentucky is one of three states that do not restore the right to vote for ex-convicts automatically, which has left seven percent of residents disenfranchised. A study conducted by The <a href="http://sentencingproject.org/detail/news.cfm?news_id=1334&amp;id=167">Sentencing Project found the law also leaves one in five African Americans</a> without voting rights.</p><p>Seum says it is important to get former felons back into society and he will lobby fellow Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate while acknowledging the political barriers.</p><div style="width: 1px; height: 1px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font: 10pt sans-serif; text-align: left; text-transform: none; overflow: hidden;">&quot;The fear here is that you would be perceived to be easy on criminals, that&rsquo;s the political fear,&quot; Seum told Pure Politics&#39;s Ryan Alessi. &quot;And that&#39;s something of course, any opponent would use that against you.&quot;<p></p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 14:28:51 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1310 at http://wfpl.org Seum Shows Support For Felon Voting Rights, Medical Marijuana