Restoring felon voting rights

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POSTED: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 7:09pm

Kentucky Senate approves bill that would allow felons to vote after making major changes to the measure. Theo Keith reports.

(WAVE) Kentucky's Senate approved the restoration of voting rights for thousands of former felons, but changed the legislation to impose a five-year waiting period.

Before the Senate voted 34-4 on Wednesday Republicans said their amendment was necessary to move the issue forward.

House Bill 70's backers said it wouldn't be an improvement over the current process, in which felons must appeal to Kentucky's governor to regain the right to vote.

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