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Guy Hamilton-Smith: To Me, It Was Painful

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

Hamilton-Smith spoke to All of Us or None newspaper editor Paula Lehman-Ewing about the years leading up to that moment and the psychological toll of felony disenfranchisement.



Guy Hamilton-Smith spent 10 years waiting for the Kentucky registrar to answer his requests regarding his voting status. He worked, paid taxes, went to church, and had no say in the decision that impact his community.

That changed in December, when Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order restoring rights to more than 140,000 individuals who had completed their sentences.

Hamilton-Smith spoke to All of Us or None newspaper editor Paula Lehman-Ewing about the years leading up to that moment and the psychological toll of felony disenfranchisement. You can read his first-person account on Slate here.



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