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Voter restoration groups petitioning Supreme Court

FRANKFORT — The Fair Elections Center and Kentucky Equal Justice Center will be petitioning the U.S Supreme Court on their voting rights restoration lawsuit against the state of Kentucky for not automatically restoring voting rights after felony prison sentences are completed.

After a three-judge panel from the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a district court ruling which dismissed the lawsuit, known as Lostutter v. Kentucky, the court denied a motion Thursday for a re-hearing “En Banc,” meaning all judges in the Sixth Circuit would participate.

The suit, filed against the state and Gov. Andy Beshear, in his official capacity, challenges the state’s process for restoring voting rights to Kentuckians with past felony convictions.


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