Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) signed a bill Wednesday to expand early voting and clean voting rolls from deceased or transplanted individuals.
“We showed during this pandemic that we can vote in a safe way, that we can eliminate any concerns about fraud while expanding access so everyone can make sure that they can cast their ballot,” Beshear said. “While some states have stepped in a different direction, I am really proud of Kentucky.”
The bill cements parts of Kentucky’s pandemic election plan like maintaining voting supercenters and online absentee ballot request portals. But the legislation will also achieve a win for Republicans by cleaning the state’s voter rolls, as “Kentucky was under a federal consent decree to remove people from the voting rolls who had died or moved away,” the Lexington Herald-Leader reports.
“While other states are caught up in partisan division, here in Kentucky we lead the nation in both making it easier to vote and harder