FRANKFORT, Ky. — Late last year, Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order automatically restoring voting rights to former felons. Wednesday, the governor unveiled a new website to help those who previously didn’t have voting rights, to see if they qualify to register under the executive order.
The new website, CivilRightsRestoration.ky.gov, is a searchable database that allows Kentuckians to see if their voting rights have been restored. They are then eligible to register to vote immediately.
“My faith teaches me forgiveness – that we should welcome these Kentuckians back into our communities and allow them to fully participate in our democracy,” said Gov. Beshear. “I signed an order to restore their voting rights and am excited we have identified about 152,000 people who are now eligible. With the launch of our new website, we are making sure these Kentuckians know they can register to vote.”
The search process on the website is very easy:
- Enter a first and last name
- Enter a date of birth
- Verify the county of conviction or supervision
- The result is immediately shown
If the result reads “inconclusive,” there is an email address and phone number that people may use for more information.
The database does not include the names of those currently in custody or on supervision who will qualify once they complete their prison or supervision sentence. Those individuals will be reviewed for automatic restoration before the completion of their sentence and told if they qualify. If they do not, they will receive an application to apply.
The deadline to vote in the upcoming May primary is April 20.