Early in-person voting in Kentucky could be permanent option in future elections

Published: Mar. 10, 2021 at 5:25 PM EST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The COVID-19 Pandemic changed much of 2020, including our voter habits.

In our last election, reforms were made to ensure people had access to mail-in voting if they were concerned about being exposed to the coronavirus.

Even with the virus being a concern, Secretary of State Michael Adams says a majority of voters voted early and in-person.

“45% of the votes that were cast for our general election, were cast in-person early; 25%, Election Day; 30% absentee ballot,” said Adams.

The option was so popular it could soon be a permanent fixture for future elections. House Bill 574 would allow three days of early in-person voting occurring Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before an election.

“Now it’s in the Senate. I think its odds in the Senate are maybe 50-50. There’s not widespread opposition, I think it would get 35 votes on the floor of the Senate out of 38 if it went to the floor today. The big question is, is there time for the Senate to get the bill vetted, adequately consider it and then put it through and send it to the governor,” said Adams.

With a current short legislative session in play and the legislator focusing on passing a new budget--the bill could end up on the back burner. But with no elections this calendar year, there’s still time to see the resolution become reality.

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