FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky made a number of changes to its elections last year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, a pair of bills before the legislature could make some of those changes permanent.
Senate Bill 259 and House Bill 574 would allow four days of no-excuse, early voting, including on one Saturday.
It would also allow counties to create “voter centers” where any voter could cast a ballot, regardless of precinct.
The bills also address some concerns of Republicans, by mandating a transition to universal paper ballots and a ban on ballot harvesting.
Secretary of State Michael Adams praised the bills.
“This is the most significant election reform legislation in the past quarter-century,” Adams said. “I’m grateful to Sen. [Julie Raque] Adams and Rep. [Jennifer Henson] Decker for their leadership. Kentuckians across party lines embraced many features of last year’s elections, especially expanded in-person voting. It’s the General Assembly’s prerogative to make our election laws, and now I hope they will exercise their authority to make permanent improvements to our election system.”
Both bills were introduced this week and have been sent to each chamber’s Committee on Committees.