Enacting the House Democrats' political overhaul package would make Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's 2020 re-election bid more problematic.
Kentucky is one of only three states where convicted felons are forever barred from voting. Last week the League of Women Voters of Kentucky estimated that more than 312,000 people in the state fall under this prohibition, a 67 percent increase over a similar study in 2006.
The House bill, dubbed HR 1, would allow felons to vote in federal elections after they're out of prison. And it's a reasonable supposition this would benefit Democrats because those new voters tend to be disproportionately poor and non-white.
McConnell, who says he'll seek a seventh term next year, "is reinforcing his ideological position on something he has a personal interest in," Nicole Porter, director of advocacy for The Sentencing Project, which advocates for lifting felony bans, told McClatchy's Washington bureau.