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Kentucky governor confirms more than 175K nonviolent offenders have voting rights restored

This news comes nearly six months after he made his campaign promise to restore their rights.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky is a few days away from voters turning out for its primary, Gov. Andy Beshear said thousands of non-violent ex-offenders now have the right to have their voices heard.

In a message shared on Twitter, the governor says 175,053 ex-offenders have regained voting eligibility.

This news comes nearly six months after he made his campaign promise to restore their rights.

“This was a priority of ours, it was the right thing to do, it was something driven by my faith & belief that people deserve second chances,” he said.

Polls for this year’s primary open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

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