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Decision in eligibility challenge against Democratic lawmaker could come next week

BY: - April 17, 2024

LOUISVILLE — A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge could make a ruling as early as next week about whether or not a sitting member of the Kentucky House of Representatives can appear on the May primary ballot.  Rep. Nima Kulkarni, a Louisville Democrat who represents the 40th House District, filed earlier this year to seek […]

Kentucky Republicans and Democrats prepare to face off on ‘school choice’ amendment

BY: - April 16, 2024

FRANKFORT — As the dust settled on the General Assembly’s 2024 session, Republican and Democratic lawmakers began gearing up for a fierce fight on a constitutional amendment to allow public dollars to go to private schools. The amendment will be on the ballot this November.  Putting the question to voters had been a GOP priority […]

In bipartisan vote, House passes bill changing how Kentucky fills vacant U.S. Senate seats

BY: - March 4, 2024

With bipartisan support, a GOP-backed bill that would end the governor’s power to fill vacant U.S. Senate seats passed the House Monday.  Instead, voters in a special election would select a successor, if the bill becomes law.  Kentucky House Republican Floor Leader Steven Rudy, of Paducah, has previously said House Bill 622 is aimed at […]

House-approved bill asks voters to make clear: Noncitizens can’t vote in Kentucky

BY: - January 30, 2024

FRANKFORT — A Republican-backed bill passed Tuesday by the Kentucky House of Representatives would ask voters to approve a constitutional amendment barring people who aren’t U.S. citizens from voting in state and local elections, something that Kentucky’s chief elections official says doesn’t happen.  House Bill 341 sponsor, Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Oakland, described the bill as […]

Effort to move Kentucky’s statewide elections to presidential years moves forward in legislature

BY: - January 17, 2024

FRANKFORT — The Senate passed legislation Wednesday that moves the state a step closer to holding its elections during presidential election years. Senate Bill 10 proposes a constitutional amendment allowing Kentucky elections for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and other constitutional officers, in even-numbered years. Senators voted 26-9, with Republican Sens. Adrienne Southworth, of Lawrenceburg, […]

Beshear calls for an amendment on redistricting though passing it would be ‘challenging’

BY: - December 14, 2023

After the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed redrawn congressional and legislative districts Thursday morning, Gov. Andy Beshear said a constitutional amendment should be pursued but noted it would be “challenging” to pass through the General Assembly.  Beshear, a Democrat, said in his weekly press conference Thursday afternoon that he had not read the entire 78-page opinion […]

Across Kentucky, election workers needed ahead of general election

BY: - September 15, 2023

Editor’s note: This article is part of U.S. Democracy Day, a nationwide collaborative on Sept. 15, the International Day of Democracy, in which news organizations cover how democracy works and the threats it faces. To learn more, visit usdemocracyday.org. For several years, Gregory and Wynella Bethards have worked at the polls on Election Day in Jefferson […]

State moves to help survivors of domestic violence hide addresses

BY: - June 29, 2023

Reach the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or text START to 88788.  Kentucky domestic violence survivors just got a little extra help from the state in staying safe from abusers.  Republican-sponsored Senate Bill 79 passed the General Assembly during the 2023 legislative session and Gov. Andy Beshear signed it into law.   Called the […]

Kentucky to remain with voter data system for a year while considering alternatives

BY: - June 21, 2023

Kentucky will remain with the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, for a year while reviewing possible alternatives to support voter rolls maintenance, Secretary of State Michael Adams said Wednesday.  Recently, seven Republican-led states have left ERIC, an interstate compact for sharing voter registration data. Some former members like Virginia and Texas plan to create […]

A low angle view of a long line of people waitng to vote in the elections.

Kentucky’s primary election is Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know before you go to the polls

BY: - May 15, 2023

The primary election in Kentucky is Tuesday, May 16. Statewide, voters will choose party nominees for the general election.  On Tuesday polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Kentucky is split between Eastern and Central Daylight time zones.  Most voters’ ballots will only have elections for constitutional officers: governor, attorney general, […]

A top GOP lawyer wants to crack down on the college vote. States already are.

BY: - April 28, 2023

A top Republican election lawyer recently caused a stir when she told GOP donors that the party should work to make it harder for college students to vote in key states. But the comments from Cleta Mitchell, who worked closely with then-President Donald Trump to try to overturn the 2020 election, are perhaps less surprising […]