Jack Conway finds some agreement with Rand Paul over restoring felon voting rights

09/27/2013 09:41 AM

It only took three years since their contentious race for U.S. Senate but Jack Conway, the Democratic attorney general, and Rand Paul, the Republican winner of that contest, actually see eye-to-eye on a key policy issue: restoring voting rights for felons.

Kentucky is among 12 states in which felons do not get back their rights to vote automatically at some point.

“I think if you’ve served your time, including your probated period of time, you haven’t re-offended, and it’s the type of offense that is not all that problematic, particularly drug offenses where someone has changed their life, I think they ought to be able to vote,” Conway said (2:00 of the segment).

Currently, ex-felons have to petition the governor to get their voting rights restored.

Conway said he agrees with Paul that there should be a waiting period to ensure that a person doesn’t end up back in the system before getting that right back. Most states that do automatically restore voting rights to felons require them to get through their probation and parole period before being eligible to cast ballots again.

Paul first announced at a meeting in West Louisville earlier this month his intent to push Republican state Senators to embrace the concept of automatically restoring voting rights.

Conway also addressed questions about expungement of records for non-violent felons.

This five-minute segment begins with Conway answering questions about public corruption investigations, including whether he still has meetings with the state Auditor’s office to consult about the status of investigations that agency refers to Conway’s office. Conway started that when Crit Luallen was auditor.

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