2020 election

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Kentucky’s primary was moved to June 23 from its original date on May 19 due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. For the primary, the state has also expanded to all registered voters the option of absentee voting, which was previously only allowed for a few reasons, such as military deployment, disability, or temporary residence out of the state. 

Because many residents will be voting by mail, it’s important to remember ballots must be received by county clerks by the time polls close at 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.

So, just to be clear, that means you must mail (or hand deliver) your ballot in time for it to arrive in the county clerk’s office by 6:00 p.m. local time on June 23 for the ballot to be counted.

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The ACLU has filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging Kentucky’s new voter ID law, arguing it increases Kentuckians’ risk of exposure to coronavirus by requiring people to visit ID-issuing offices during the pandemic.

The lawsuit also asks the court to extend Kentucky’s new expanded vote-by-mail policy beyond the June primary elections.

Ceridwen Cherry, an attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, said that Kentuckians are being forced to choose between their health and their vote.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams says that more than 100,000 Kentuckians have requested mail-in absentee ballots for the June 23 primary elections.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all voters in Kentucky are eligible to cast ballots by mail during the primary elections this year, though to do so they need to request a ballot before June 15 on the state elections website, GoVoteKy.com.

The portal, which went live last Friday, requires eligible voters to verify their identity with a date of birth and social security number.

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U.S. Senate hopeful Charles Booker has been endorsed by several of his Democratic colleagues in the state House of Representatives, including the three members of the party’s legislative leadership.

Booker is one of the top three Democratic contenders hoping to replace Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Senate, where he has served since 1985.

Though the endorsements for Booker came from a little less than half of Kentucky House Democrats—16 out of the 38 member caucus–they are a reminder that not all Kentucky Democrats are on board with Amy McGrath, a retired marine fighter pilot who has garnered national attention while raising and spending millions during the campaign.

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A Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky is criticizing Republican Mitch McConnell for allegedly trying to defund a federal program that detects and curbs the spread of infectious diseases.

Amy McGrath is one of 10 Democrats seeking her party’s nomination for the Senate seat held by McConnell.

The New Yorker recently reported that in 2017, McConnell pushed an amendment that would have ended funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

McGrath also blames McConnell for decreased funding for important public health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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A progressive political group has endorsed Mike Broihier in this year’s race for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The endorsement from Indivisible’s Kentucky chapter comes as Broihier and Louisville state Rep. Charles Booker jostle for the progressive vote in Kentucky’s June 23rd Democratic primary election.

Both Booker and Broihier are hoping to upset Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot who has poised herself as the likely front runner in the race with a $14.8 million campaign war chest as of the end of March.

 


Americans are extremely concerned that the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt voting in November's presidential election, according to a new poll from Pew Research Center.

They also overwhelmingly support allowing everyone to vote by mail, even as partisan divides over mail voting expansions have taken hold at the national level over the past few months.

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Kentucky is expanding absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing every voter to cast a ballot by mail or vote early during the state primary elections on June 23.

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams announced the changes on Friday.

In a statement, Beshear said that the State Board of Elections is working on a plan to also conduct limited in-person voting with the possibility of a drive-through option.

“While there will be significant education and work required, we are committed to making sure this election will be held in a safe manner, while we are in this worldwide health pandemic,” Beshear said.

In the face of Republican opposition, House Democrats have backed off plans to consider unprecedented rule changes to allow members to vote and hold hearings remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated at 4:27 p.m. ET

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders officially endorsed his former rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, on Monday.

Sanders, who suspended his campaign last week, had long said he'd support whoever won the Democratic nomination, but he did not formally endorse Biden when he announced an end to his own run on Wednesday.

Sanders made the announcement as he remotely joined Biden on a livestream video.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his 2020 presidential campaign Wednesday, bowing to the commanding delegate lead former Vice President Joe Biden established.

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The coronavirus has delayed another big event. This time it's the Democratic National Convention.

Amid ongoing questions about when traditional presidential campaigning — and the travel and large crowds it entails — will be able to resume, the Democratic National Committee has delayed its nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17. It had been scheduled for the week of July 13.

The event in Milwaukee is now scheduled for the week before the Republican National Convention, which is set to be held in Charlotte, N.C.

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Kentucky State Representative Charles Booker is one of 10 Democratic candidates competing to be the party nominee for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Mitch McConnell, who has seven challengers. 

The state primary originally scheduled for May 19 has been rescheduled for June 23 due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The general election is Nov. 3.

Booker has represented Kentucky's 43rd State House District, which covers part of Jefferson County, since January 2019.

During a campaign visit to Bowling Green, Booker stopped by the WKU Public Radio studio to talk with reporter Rhonda Miller. That conversation took place before the coronavirus required "social distancing" and drew much of the focus away from the state's primary election. This is one of a series of WKU Public Radio interviews with candidates in the Democratic primary.

Kentucky Primary Still Planned For May 19

Mar 13, 2020
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Kentucky officials do not currently plan to make changes around the upcoming primary election on May 19 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

On Friday, Louisiana became the first state to announce the delay of its election, which was scheduled for April 4. Officials now plan to hold the election on June 20.

Kentucky law allows the governor to delay an election up to 35 days due to a state of emergency. This year’s primary includes federal elections for president and senators as well as local officials, such as Metro Council representatives.

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Joe Biden continued his impressive string of primary wins, easily besting Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi and Idaho on Tuesday.

With a big delegate lead, he solidified his position as the favorite for his party's nomination to face President Trump in November. Sanders was the projected winner in North Dakota while votes were still being counted in Washington.

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