44News Exclusive: Gov. Beshear Optimistic Pandemic Voting Changes Will be a Success

Kentucky has made several changes to allow for more voting opportunities during the pandemic. Gov. Beshear believes the changes will serve as a model for other states in the future.

Posted: Oct 23, 2020 1:25 AM
Updated: Oct 23, 2020 7:17 AM

Kentucky has made several changes to allow for more voting opportunities during the pandemic.
“I believe that we are on our way to an election that will be a model for the rest of the country,” Governor Andy Beshear told 44News Anchor Jessica Hartman in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.
The Kentucky Governor went on to credit the bipartisan working-relationship between himself and Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams.
Along with mail-in voting for any Kentuckian, who chooses to avoid the polls, early in-person voting was also expanded to three weeks including some Saturdays. In some counties, mobile voting sites have been traveling from community to community to make the process more convenient.
“There should be no excuses for Kentuckians,” continued Gov. Beshear. “This is the year where everybody can choose their option, make their plan, decide when they are going to go and how they are going to do it.”
The state is on pace to see record voter turnout with Secretary Adams projecting 70% of register voters will end up casting a ballot by Nov 3rd. The most recent state totals from Secretary Adams shows more than half of the absentee ballots requested in the state have already been returned. That combined with early in-person voting put the total over 602,00 on October 17th.
“I hope we put all of these things into state law,” said Gov. Beshear. “Because it's not a Democrat or Republican thing. It is both a convenience thing for the voter, but it is also a good thing for democracy.”
Right now, Gov. Beshear indicated that the only issue the state is concerned about is crowded polls on Election Day.
“There are concerns in some areas that we need more people to vote early, here in the next couple weeks so that Election Day itself isn’t as dense in the midst of this pandemic,” explained Gov. Beshear.
This is also a historic election for the Bluegrass because, for the first time, voting rights have been restored to 177,000 non-violent felons who have served their time. It was the governor’s first actions in office.
“It is a special election for a whole lot of people are going to be able to vote that previously weren’t,” commented Gov. Beshear. “I think that makes us stronger as a Commonwealth.”
If you have questions about the upcoming election or want to check the status of your absentee ballot visit govoteky.com.

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