Whereas Republicans in different states proceed to push for extra voting restrictions, Kentucky has gone in opposition to the grain — enacting a regulation to make it simpler for residents to vote.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) on Wednesday signed a bipartisan invoice geared toward increasing voter entry. The invoice, amongst different measures, permits for as much as three days of early voting, establishes voting “tremendous facilities,” the place voters from any precinct can vote, and creates a web based portal for absentee poll registration.
The laws additionally consists of some restrictions, together with prohibiting third-party assortment of mail-in ballots. It moreover offers state officers extra authority to take away people from voter rolls if they’ve died or moved to a different state.
The invoice was authorised final week by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature.
As The New York Instances famous, Kentucky is the one state with a Republican-controlled Normal Meeting that has moved to enhance voter entry because the November election lack of former President Donald Trump. In distinction, states together with Georgia, Arizona and Texas have been taking steps to curb voter rights.
Beshear stated Wednesday that he was pleased with his state.
“We confirmed throughout this pandemic that we are able to vote in a secure method, that we are able to eradicate any considerations about fraud whereas increasing entry so everybody can be sure that they’ll forged their poll,” Beshear informed the Lexington Herald Chief. “Whereas some states have stepped in a special path, I’m actually pleased with Kentucky.”
However because the Herald Chief famous, Kentucky — even with the brand new laws in place — has a few of the most prohibitive voting guidelines within the nation. The state’s voting legal guidelines are much more restrictive than these in Georgia, the place laws considerably curbing voting rights was handed final month and signed into regulation.
Beshear acknowledged that Kentucky may do extra to empower voters however stated the brand new invoice was nonetheless a win for the state.
“Pay attention, it is a session we noticed a number of battles in, and to have the ability to come collectively and increase, not less than partially, our entry to the poll field is a win for Kentuckians,” Beshear informed the Herald Chief.
Michael Adams, Kentucky’s Republican secretary of state, echoed this sentiment.
“Kentucky truly had in all probability, till this level, probably the most restrictive legal guidelines within the nation on voting,” Adams, a vocal advocate for the invoice, informed the Instances. “And that’s what we’re making an attempt to vary.”
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