Restoration of Civil RightsMarch 25, 2020
Under Kentucky’s Constitution, any Kentuckian convicted of a felony loses certain civil rights, including the right to vote and the right to hold public office. The Kentucky Constitution gives the Governor the discretion to restore these civil rights.
On December 12, 2019, Governor Andy Beshear issued an Executive Order that automatically restored the right to vote and the right to hold public office to Kentuckians who were convicted of non-violent felonies under Kentucky law and who have repaid their debt to society by completing their sentences. Governor Beshear’s Executive Order also provides that, going forward, the right to vote and to hold public office are immediately restored to any Kentuckian who was convicted of a non-violent felony under Kentucky law upon completion of his or her sentence.