Skip to main navigation Skip to main content

Executive Order 2019-003

Rights to Vote and Right to Hold Public Office

Restoration of Civil Rights for Convicted Felons

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.

Anyone who is convicted of a felony other than those felonies under Kentucky law listed below, and who satisfies their term of probation, parole, and/or service of sentence of incarceration is automatically restored to their rights. 

Kentuckians convicted of the felonies listed below do not receive automatic restoration of their civil rights:

If you are convicted of one of these felonies, your rights will not be automatically restored under Governor Beshear's Executive Order.  However, you may still apply for restoration of your civil rights through the process set forth in the Department of Corrections regulations:

Kentucky CPP 27-26-01 Restoration of Civil Rights