Sen. Rand Paul Seeks To Expand Voting Rights To Some Ex-Cons

Source: Burgess Everett / Politico

Rand Paul is opening a new frontier for Republicans: Voting rights.

The Kentucky senator is introducing this week a bill that restores voting rights to nonviolent felons in federal elections.

Paul is also pursuing drug sentencing reform in the Senate and is mulling efforts aimed at easing nonviolent criminals back into the job market. He even wants to redefine some drug offenses currently classified as felonies to misdemeanors.

Together, the moves add up to a concerted effort to get minorities, young people and civil libertarians excited about Republicans — groups that much of the party admits it needs.

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