Allow No-Excuse Absentee Voting in Kentucky

Allow No-Excuse Absentee Voting in Kentucky

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Hannah Broomhall started this petition to Governor Andy Beshear and

As a result of no-excuse absentee voting in the 2020 primary election, Kentucky cited its greatest voter turnout in 12 years. Approximately 75% of votes were cast by mail. On July 28, the Kentucky Secretary of State, Michael Adams (R), stated that he is considering scaling back on early voting measures, as he is “dubious that we can fully replicate the primary election plan in all respects.” In a presidential election year with both Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell on the ballot, this is unacceptable. 


In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we must allow no-excuse absentee voting and early in-person voting as a public health precaution in an election that is vitally important for the future of our democracy. 


Without no-excuse absentee voting, Kentucky could become a hotspot for voter suppression, as seen in the Georgia primary election on June 9. Due to the pandemic, Kentucky reduced its polling locations from 3,700 to a mere 170. Jefferson County, the largest county in Kentucky, offered just one polling location on primary election day. The results would be disastrous if this system is replicated in November without proper absentee voting measures.


Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Utah, and Washington currently conduct all elections by mail, and many other states have allowed no-excuse absentee voting for years. With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, Kentucky must continue to protect its voters, polling volunteers, and democracy with no-excuse absentee voting and early in-person voting in the 2020 General Election.

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