This bill was a good step forward, but was sidelined by the novel coronavirus pandemic. We remain committed to this legislation and plan to advance it during the next legislative session.

House Bill 6 would amend the Kentucky Constitution to permit the majority of Kentuckians with prior criminal convictions to regain the right to vote upon completion of their sentence. Currently, roughly 100,000 Kentuckians with past felony convictions permanently lose the right to vote even after they complete their sentence, probation, and parole. Kentucky is one of just a handful of states that maintains this harsh penalty. 

Governor Beshear signed an executive order restoring voting rights to roughly 140,000 Kentuckians in December 2019. All people whose rights were restored must still register to vote. Learn more and see if your rights were restored here.

Bill Movement

  • Introduced: 1/7/20
  • Passed House Committee: N/A
  • Passed House: N/A
  • Accepted by Senate: N/A
  • Passed Senate Committee: N/A
  • Passed Senate: N/A
  • Sent to Governor: N/A

Status

Failed

Session

2020 General Assembly

Bill number

HB6

Position

Support