Kentucky's new governor, Democrat Andy Beshear, promised in his inaugural address Tuesday to restore voting rights to more than 100,000 convicted felons.
Beshear stated he will sign an executive order Thursday to reinstate the rights. Kentucky remains one of two states in the U.S. to bar felons from voting. Iowa is the other.
There are approximately 312,000 convicted felons in Kentucky. Beshear's speech specifically mentioned "men and women who have done wrong in the past, but are doing right now," but did not provide further details on the order.
He cited his faith's teachings of respect and forgiveness for others as his motivations.
? Beshear previously served as Kentucky's attorney general. He claimed a narrow victory over former Republican governor Matt Bevin in November's election.