Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear appears at a press conference on Tuesday, November 17 in Frankfort, KY. The two-term governor's last day in office will be December 7, 2015. Timothy D. Easley/ AP

Kentucky Restores Voting Rights For 170,000 Ex-Cons, Joining National Trend

The Sentencing Project estimates that 5.85 million Americans have been disenfranchised because of felony convictions – enough to have swung the 2000 presidential elections, as two sociology professors argued in 2002.