Felony Voting

LAWMAKERS ARE WEIGHING A PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT WOULD AUTOMATICALLY RESTORE VOTING RIGHTS TO FELONS COMPLETING THEIR SENTENCE...PROBATION... AND PAYING RESTITUTION. BUT, WITH THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION REACHING ITS HALFWAY POINT, IT'S MAIN SPONSOR, REPRESENTATIVE JESSE CRENSHAW OF LEXINGTON, AND SUPPORTERS...FEAR TIME WILL RUN OUT IF IT ISN'T HEARD BY A HOUSE COMMITTEE SOON. GOVERNOR FLETCHER'S ADMINISTRATION, ALONG WITH SOME OF THE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEYS, OPPOSE THE MEASURE. THE BILL IS AIMED AT SIMPLIFYING THE RESTORATION PROCESS, WHICH NOW REQUIRES FELONS TO COMPLETE THEIR SENTENCES AND WRITE A LETTER TO FLETCHER EXPLAINING WHY THEIR RIGHTS SHOULD BE RESTORED AND INCLUDE THREE CHARACTER REFERENCES.