Jesse Crenshaw

12:00 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

In Kentucky the Path to Restoring Voting Rights to Felons Makes a Detour


FRANKFORT — As a child, Teddi Smith-Robillard suffered trauma that haunted and shaped her early years—to the point that she ended up a convicted felon, she said.

“I lived in hell, in my mind," she said. 

Now 74, she can reflect on a life of overcoming many obstacles—including regaining the right to vote in Kentucky, which she needed extraordinary measures to achieve.

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6:45 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Kentucky Legislators React to U.S. Attorney General's Call to Restore Felon Voting Rights

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FRANKFORT — The push to restore felon voting rights has received a major endorsement from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, but it's not clear what effect that may have in the state Capitol—where lawmakers are debating the issue.

As he called on states to lift rules that make it harder for felons to get their right to vote back, Holder singled out Kentucky. He said it's one of three states where a fifth of black adults are prohibited from voting because of a felony record.

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Local News
2:14 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Kentucky Felon Voting Rights Bill's Hopes Rest on Rand Paul's Support


A bill to restore voting rights for non-violent felons has passed a Kentucky House committee.

The measure is Rep. Jesse Crenshaw's latest attempt to put about 130,000 felons back on the voting rolls.

Similar efforts have repeatedly stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. But Crenshaw says he hopes that his bill will fare better this year because of support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul.

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