Kentucky Invoice Takes Cautious Steps Towards Election Reform

An election reform invoice that takes reasonable steps towards completely adopting some widely-praised adjustments made in the course of the 2020 election cleared one other hurdle Thursday.

“Finally, if the invoice passes, Kentucky may have a lot stronger election legal guidelines than it had beforehand,” elections knowledgeable Joshua Douglas tells WUKY. Because it typically goes with laws, Home Invoice 574 is a blended bag, he says, however he believes on steadiness it’ll enhance Kentucky’s election system.

The reforms enable for 3 days of early voting, convey again the drop containers used final 12 months, and preserve the net portal for absentee poll requests, although they don’t increase who can vote mail. The invoice additionally makes everlasting a “poll curing” system that enables voters to right ballots that weren’t correctly ready. However Douglas want to see language that goes additional.

“The present proposal solely permits for a poll remedy for a signature mismatch, however there are different issues with ballots that may come up,” he notes. “As well as the remedy course of closes on Election Day, which is regarding as a result of if a poll arrives on Election Day itself there will be no strategy to remedy that poll if there’s an issue.”

HB 574, which simply gained approval within the Home Elections Committee, additionally units the foundations for future election reforms — putting that energy solely with the Basic Meeting. The legislature had allowed the governor and secretary of state to craft emergency adjustments to the voting system in response to the pandemic in 2020.

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