2020 election

Updated July 1, 2021 at 11:55 AM ET

We know that President Biden won the 2020 election (regardless of what former President Donald Trump and his allies say). We just haven't had a great picture of how Biden won.

Ryland Barton

Election reform efforts to expand ballot access made little headway around the Ohio Valley, as only one state in the region made voting easier, according to a voting rights expert. 

 

Several state governments around the nation are making major changes to voting laws following the 2020 presidential election.  

 

Kentucky is the only state in the Ohio Valley that passed significant voting changes. Lawmakers in the state passed a bipartisan election reform bill, House Bill 574, that made a few pandemic-era voting changes permanent, with some adjustments.

 

 


Updated at 8:12 a.m. ET

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dropped his demand that Democrats maintain the Senate filibuster — ending an early stalemate in the Senate that prevented party leaders from negotiating a power-sharing agreement.

Becca Schimmel

The Republican Party of Kentucky voted down a resolution calling on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to oppose impeachment charges against former President Donald Trump.

The longshot petition shows that the vast majority of the state’s GOP leadership isn’t willing to force McConnell’s hand on the impeachment issue, though a large number of Republicans are worried he will move to convict the former president.

Over the weekend, members of the Republican State Central Committee held a special meeting to consider the proposal submitted by several local party leaders calling for McConnell to “stand with President Trump and publicly condemn this divisive and unnecessary second impeachment.”

Michael Bowman

A Louisville man who’s used to having a seat at history in the making is disappointed he won’t be at Wednesday's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. 

Michael Bowman has a sister who lives in Washington, D.C. and the two have made it a tradition attending presidential inaugurations together.  They went to both inaugurations of former President Barack Obama and the swearing in for President Donald Trump.  Bowman is back in the nation’s capitol, but this time, he’ll be watching the inauguration on TV.

“This is the first time American history where we’ve had to take these kinds of precautions to protect the event itself," Bowman told WKU Public Radio. "That tells us we have issues as a country to work through, but it left me undeterred. I was still going to come to D.C.”


Updated at 4:36 p.m. ET

Democrats took exceedingly narrow control of the Senate on Wednesday after winning both runoff elections in Georgia, granting them control of Congress and the White House for the first time since 2011.

Updated at 2:06 a.m. ET Wednesday

Democrats are hopeful about possibly taking total control of Washington after the Associated Press projected that the party had picked up one of two Georgia Senate seats early Wednesday morning.

The Senate runoff elections in Georgia on Tuesday were set to decide which party will hold the majority in the upper chamber, with Democrats already winning the presidency and holding a slim House majority.

Updated at 11:40 a.m. ET Tuesday

The political world has trained its focus on Georgia's two U.S. Senate races, which will settle the kind of Senate that President-elect Joe Biden will be dealing with.

The races, taking place Tuesday — the day before Biden is slated to be certified by Congress as the winner of the 2020 presidential election — are expected to be close. Consider that Biden won the rapidly changing but previously traditionally Republican state by fewer than 12,000 votes.

Courtesy of Colmon Elridge

In November, Colmon Elridge became the first Black person to become the chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

He's taking over at time when America is facing a racial reckoning.

A grandchild of a housekeeper who was never allowed to use the front door where she worked, the Georgetown, KY, resident is now a welcome guest at the governor's mansion. It's a journey he said he takes with him every day.

However, Elridge is also inherting a party that has suffered several losses in recent elections, meaning the work is cut out for him.


Updated at 1:19 p.m. ET

A day after the Electoral College made the results official, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for their victory.

McConnell joins a wave of new Republicans acknowledging the win on Monday.

More Americans voted in 2020 than in any other presidential election in 120 years. About 67% of eligible voters cast ballots this year, but that still means a third did not.

That amounts to about 80 million people who stayed home.

J. Tyler Franklin

All eight members of Kentucky’s Electoral College cast their ballots for Donald Trump Monday in the state senate chamber, following the will of the majority of Kentucky voters. Trump overwhelmingly won Kentucky’s popular vote over Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the November presidential election.

Before the casting of ballots, Kentucky Secretary of State Mike Adams praised the Electoral College process, quoting Alexander Hamilton.

“Hamilton concluded about the electoral college system, ‘if the manner of it not be perfect, it is at least excellent.’ I think he got that right,” Adams said.

Contrary to what many Americans believe, voters in the United States do not directly elect their president. Instead the president is chosen by the Electoral College, which has 538 members, or electors. Each state has a certain number of electors based on its number of U.S. senators and representatives. Kentucky has eight electors. In nearly all cases, each state’s electoral college votes are awarded to the candidate who wins the popular vote in that state.

The Trump legal team has suffered another loss in its continuing attempts to reverse the results of the 2020 presidential election.

In a scathing opinion, a federal appeals court said Friday that a lower court acted properly when it threw out the Trump campaign's challenge to the certification of the election results in Pennsylvania.

J. Tyler Franklin

The State Board of Elections has certified Kentucky’s election results.

The process was drama-free compared to other states, where Republicans continue to question results that show Joe Biden winning the presidential election over incumbent Donald Trump.

Like the rest of the country, Kentucky shifted heavily to mail-in and early voting to try to ease crowds on Election Day during the coronavirus pandemic.

Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams said that voters and officials were able to handle the election despite the new processes.

Updated at 4:52 p.m. ET

President-elect Joe Biden on Monday outlined his plan for rehabilitating the U.S. economy, emphasizing the importance of getting control of the coronavirus pandemic.

As Biden spoke, the shadow of President Trump's refusal to concede was apparent, with the president-elect making clear that he was being kept from information that would be vital to taking over the presidency early next year.

"More people may die if we don't coordinate," Biden said on plans for vaccine distribution.

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