Kentucky lawmakers think about election reform invoice

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Lawmakers say the pandemic confirmed a necessity for enchancment in Kentucky’s elections.

“Kentucky loved a record-breaking voter turnout within the 2020 election,” Rep. Jennifer Henson Decker stated.

Thursday afternoon, election officers met in Frankfort to precise their help for Home Invoice 574. The laws would permit no excuse early voting.

“Republicans beloved it, Democrats beloved it, Independents beloved it. I don’t imagine in two and three week lengthy elections outdoors of a pandemic, however just a few days makes a distinction in folks’s lives,” Secretary of State Michael Adams stated.

HB 574 creates new voting facilities the place anybody within the county could vote. The laws additionally retains the remedy course of for absentee ballots missing signatures.

These supporting the invoice imagine the adjustments may improve the integrity and transparency of Kentucky elections.

“The absentee portal itself is without doubt one of the largest steps that we’ve taken in securing our elections in over a technology. The concept we are able to in real-time observe absentee ballots and we’re now not in a trust-me election,” stated Jared Dearing, the manager director of the State Board of Elections.

However absentee voting for all registered voters didn’t make the lower. Election officers are as an alternative pushing for the state’s prior absentee voting necessities.

“The mail-in poll is far the costliest poll far. It greater than doubled the price of when somebody walks in to vote, so to get the invoice handed and to cut back prices, we simply let the regulation revert,” Henson Decker stated.

HB 574 handed committee with a unanimous vote of 13-0. Officers imagine it has a excessive probability of changing into regulation.

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