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Voting Rights

Q: Do you support the restoration of voting rights for formerly incarcerated folks who have served their full sentence? Are there other policies you support to increase voting rights and voting access?

Sovkoplas: Yes. Once an individual has served their sentence, all reasonable attempts should be made to ensure that they are able to reintegrate into society effectively. To disenfranchise a person amounts to an indefinite extension of their punishment. The fact that Kentucky is one of only a few states in the country that continues disenfranchisement is clear evidence that the policy is overwhelmingly found to be unacceptable. It is time for Kentucky to move forward and work to reintegrate formerly incarcerated citizens, which includes reinstating their right to vote. As an Eagle Scout, I know the importance of being able to exercise one’s right to vote in fulfilling their civic responsibility to participate in the democratic process. The right to vote is essential to the values of freedom, liberty, and equality shared by all citizens of the United States of America, and I will work hard to restore and protect that right.

For more information regarding felony voting rights and how states deal with them, please visit: The National Conference of State Legislatures

I would support House Bill 376.

 


Adam Sovkoplas for State Representative
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