Arbitrary Rights Restoration (State Court)
Langdon v. Beshear
Our client Robert Calvin Langdon submitted his voting rights restoration application to the previous Governor of Kentucky, Matt Bevin. Gov. Bevin never took action on his application: never granted it, but also never denied it. Bevin's successor, Andrew Beshear, took office in December 2019 and has since concluded that Mr. Langdon's application and all of the other nearly 900 applications pending upon his taking office, were denied by Gov. Bevin's inaction. He also concluded that these nearly 900 individuals who cannot vote under Kentucky's disenfranchisement law would need to reapply.
There's just one problem: Gov. Beshear refuses to tell any of this to these 900 applicants. As far as they know, their restoration applications are still pending. The Kentucky Constitution prohibits this. Due process requires that these applicants be provided with notice of the change in their applications' status and of the need to reapply. We have sued in state court to enforce this most basic and fundamental constitutional principle. The Governor has moved to dismiss our case.
Second Amended Complaint (8.24.21)