Did you know Kentucky is one of the few states that permanently bars felons from voting?

Here is why you should care: Voting is a fundamental right and a cornerstone of democracy. Kentucky is one of the few states in the country that permanently disenfranchises all individuals with felony convictions, barring over 180,000 individuals from voting—two-thirds of whom have fully served their sentence. One in every 17 adults is ineligible to vote. The rate of disenfranchisement among African Americans in Kentucky is the nation’s second highest. One in four African American adults is barred from voting, leaving many communities with severely limited political power. Professor Cedric Powell, a leading scholar on the law and race, will speak on this topic Tuesday, October 16, at noon in Room 175. Lunch will be served.