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Mitch McConnell: Remarks on Senate floor as it returns to its work pre-inauguration

Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell delivered these remarks Monday on the Senate floor: President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Harris will be sworn in. We will have a safe and successful inauguration right here on the west front of the Capitol — the space that President Bush 41 called ‘democracy’s front porch.’ And then we’ll move forward. Our work for the American people will continue,...

Kentucky Secretary of State provides guidance to protect voters from intimidation at the polls

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced guidance to protect voters from intimidation at the polls. “Voting is your sacred right. Don’t let anyone take it away – know your rights,” Adams said. Michael Adams MAKE A PLAN & PROTECT YOUR VOTE • Know and plan ahead how, when and where you will vote.  Visit www.GoVoteKY.com to find information about your requested absentee ballot, voting...

ACLU-KY voter registration campaign underway to register Kentuckians with past felony convictions

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU-KY) has launched the most expansive voter registration and engagement campaign in its history. A total of 175,000 Kentuckians with past felony convictions had their voting rights restored by executive order in December 2019. While these Kentuckians’ voting rights were automatically restored, they still must register to vote if they want to participate...

Secretary of State says Kentucky voter registration gaining traction ahead of Oct. 5 deadline

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that Kentucky continues to see an uptick in voter registration, with the state’s number of registered voters increasing to 3,517,567 as of Aug. 31. In the past month, there has been a rise of 19,626 registered voters, or 0.56 percent. Recently, the Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the Lexington Legends for a voter registration night at the...

John Schaaf: Just like Hoover and Carter, Trump faces big challenges in seeking re-election

Mark Twain supposedly said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.” That truism could apply to this year’s Presidential election, which will not exactly replicate any previous election, but certainly resembles the campaigns of 1932 and 1980 by featuring a President leaning into difficult headwinds. With COVID-19 spreading across the nation, efforts to defeat the virus have been largely...

Pew Trusts: Trump’s attacks on vote-by-mail worry election officials, who fear voters may doubt results

By Matt Vasilogambros Pew Charitable Trusts There is growing concern among election officials and experts that the increasingly partisan debate around voting by mail could sow doubt in the results of the presidential election. For months, President Donald Trump has been one of the loudest opponents to vote by mail, which experts agree is a safe alternative to in-person voting during the novel coronavirus...

Governor had right to delay election during state of emergency, attorney general’s opinion says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Attorney General’s office released an opinion on Monday upholding Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to delay an election during a declared state of emergency. Jason Snead, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Honest Lections Project, sought the opinion, asking, “Whether, during a declared state of emergency, the Governor may suspend Kentucky’s laws...

Chris Perry: Kentucky’s electric cooperatives work to make sure rural voters show for gubernatorial election

Will rural voters show up in the 2019 Kentucky gubernatorial election? As political campaigns and pundits ask that question, Kentucky’s electric cooperatives have been working to make sure that the answer is a resounding “Yes.” Because co-ops are owned, operated and were built by the very people we serve, we are dedicated to improving Kentucky’s quality of life and advocating for issues that...

Al Cross: The values that drive voters will be the key as Kentuckians prepare to head to the polls Tuesday

Gov. Matt Bevin told The New York Times that Tuesday’s election won’t be close – that he will beat Attorney General Andy Beshear by 6 to 10 percentage points. “I think you’re going to be shocked at how uncompetitive this actually is,” he told reporter Jonathan Martin, who has a knack for getting politicians to say what they think. Bevin may have based his prediction on what happened four...

Kentucky House Democrats propose ethics and election bills in advance of 2020 General Assembly

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three House Democrats announced they are proposing Executive Branch ethics and election-oriented bills, for consideration by the 2020 General Assembly. Minority Caucus Chair Derrick Graham, D- Frankfort, says all three bills share a common goal, “To increase accountability and transparency to the Constitutional state offices. As former U. S. Supreme Court Justice and Kentucky...

As international observer, mayor witnessed history in Albania; saw election boycott and ballot burning

News accounts in the weeks and days leading up to Election Day in Republic Of Albania detailed the turmoil: Widespread protests … Molotov cocktails … destroyed ballots … arson … a purge of local officials … an opposition-party boycott … and censure of the country’s president by its Parliament for his attempt to cancel the voting. Each ballot cast in the June...

After Wednesday meeting, Election Contest Board orders full recount of disputed house seat

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Following an all-day meeting on Wednesday, the Election Contest Board selected to decide the winner of a disputed State House seat voted to order a full recount in the race. Democrat Jim Glenn defeated Republican incumbent D.J. Johnson by one vote on election night for the 13th District House seat in Daviess County last November. A recanvass requested by Johnson showed no...

Felony voting ban keeps an estimated 300,000 Kentuckians from casting ballots on election day

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service They’ve paid their dues for mistakes of their past, however an estimated 300,000 Kentuckians are not allowed to cast a ballot on Election Day. Kentucky is one of four states that takes away the voting power of all people with a felony conviction for their entire lifetime. A partial pardon from the governor can restore voting rights, but it’s a tedious...

Commentary: For Kentucky to move forward, name calling must stop in spirit of bipartisanship

By Andy Beshear Special to KyForward The most divisive set of elections in my lifetime are now over, and Kentucky will not see another regular election until May 2018. My congratulations to all of the winning candidates and to the Republican party, which will now control both chambers of the state legislature. We have endured angry rhetoric on the state and national election. The name calling and...

Commentary: Leaders or barriers — choose your candidates wisely when you go to the polls

By Jeff Rubin Special to KyForward As a citizen expecting to vote in Tuesday’s elections, I am reminded of the old axiom that people tend to get the government they deserve. Given the divisiveness, animosity, and discord shown by our own citizens, voters, and incumbent leaders, these last few years, I’m fearful that may happen again. In the hope that we may choose our next leaders more wisely,...

Important lessons learned as students at Garrett Morgan Elementary choose new mascot

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward This fall’s election at Garrett Morgan Elementary was fierce but friendly as the children voted among their final three candidates: wolf, elephant, and fox. In the end, the Wolf Pack won out as mascot of the new school. “We wanted students to be part of the selection process. This was not just about picking a mascot but about democracy,” said Principal Sarah...

Election Day Nov. 8: Here’s a guide for registered voters — available online, with details on your ballots

The nation’s general election is less than one week away and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is reminding all registered voters to be prepared to cast their votes on Nov. 8. “The foundation of our democracy is our free and fair elections – going to the polls and casting a ballot,” said Grimes. “Because our elections matter...

Historic voter registration drive adds more than 100,000 voters to the rolls for Nov. 8 election

More than 100,000 new voters are on the rolls for the Nov. 8 general election following the largest and longest registration drive in recent Kentucky history led by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Grimes announced the new registration numbers at the kick-off event for the Kentucky Girl Scouts “Promise to Vote” campaign last week. Approximately 106,000 new voters have signed...

VOTE411: Lexington League of Women Voters joining nationwide online candidates’ guide

The League of Women Voters of Lexington is joining Leagues across the nation in providing VOTE411.org, an online voter guide, to Lexington area citizens, offering more information about candidates for the Nov. 8 general election. This is the first year that the Lexington League is offering this service to area voters. All candidates for national, state and local offices that will appear on Fayette...

Are you one of them? 35 million eligible American voters are not yet registered to vote

At least 35 million eligible Americans are not registered to vote, Rebecca Beitsch reports for Stateline. Maps are available to compare voter registration in states in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Stateline map: Voter registration by state in 2014: Hawaii has the lowest rate of eligible residents registered to vote, at 64 percent, followed by Wyoming (67.4 percent), Nevada (68.5) and Utah (69.9).  One...