Whereas Republicans in different states proceed to push for extra voting restrictions, Kentucky has gone towards the grain — enacting a legislation 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 contains some restrictions, together with prohibiting third-party assortment of mail-in ballots. It moreover provides state officers extra authority to take away people from voter rolls if they’ve died or moved to a different state.
The invoice was authorized final week by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature.
As The New York Occasions famous, Kentucky is the one state with a Republican-controlled Normal Meeting that has moved to enhance voter entry for the reason that 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 will vote in a secure means, that we will eradicate any considerations about fraud whereas increasing entry so everybody can be sure that they will solid their poll,” Beshear informed the Lexington Herald Chief. “Whereas some states have stepped in a distinct path, I’m actually pleased with Kentucky.”
However because the Herald Chief famous, Kentucky — even with the brand new laws in place — has a number 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 legislation.
Beshear acknowledged that Kentucky might do extra to empower voters however stated the brand new invoice was nonetheless a win for the state.
“Hear, it is a session we noticed numerous battles in, and to have the ability to come collectively and broaden, at the very least partly, 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 most likely, till this level, essentially the most restrictive legal guidelines within the nation on voting,” Adams, a vocal advocate for the invoice, informed the Occasions. “And that’s what we’re attempting to vary.”
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