Kentucky’s General Assembly, under the leadership of Senate President Robert Stivers and Speaker of the House David Osborne, continued to meet despite the pandemic. It was a herculean effort.
They faced potential infection, harassment by those who did not want them to meet and those who wanted them to pass specific bills; they endured long hours and unanticipated meetings and discussions relating to dilemmas caused by COVID19.
The stress they experienced during this period would have injured their health, but they did it, and we applaud them. Let's follow their lead and sweat it out —whatever it takes to Get The Vote Out and to VOTE in the June 23 Primary.
Your vote will take extra effort this year
Gov. Beshear has stated that The State Board of Elections will send a postcard to each registered voter informing them of the ability and process to vote absentee by mail in the June 23 Primary. The Board of Elections will also create a secure online portal that will allow voters to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them. (There are instructions to follow on this application for a ballot. Follow them carefully.)
If a person cannot mail in their ballot, then in-person absentee voting will be available, beginning on June 8. Voters will be prioritized by appointment. If you go in to a polling place you will be provided with PPE (masks, etc), and county clerks will implement procedures to limit direct contact between individuals. This could mean drive-through voting. There are numerous other requirements. See the full list here.
Mail-in voting is known to lower voter “turnout” and increase vote fraud. A conservative publication noted recently: “Progressive organizations, many backed by billionaire activist George Soros, are at the front lines of a campaign advocating for a ‘vote by mail’ system in the upcoming presidential election, citing fears that the Chinese coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to vote in person …President Donald Trump warned that voting by mail would hurt the Republican Party, lambasting Democrat proposals for more money in the coronavirus stimulus bill to fund absentee and vote-by-mail options…”
In Kentucky’s favor, however, is our super, pro-life Secretary of State Michael Adams. He has fought for concessions in the process that will allow in-person voting. He recently tweeted: “Rather than vote-by-mail, we don't mail out ballots to the voter file. We require an application with proof of identity (not a Photo ID; SB 2 takes effect after the primary) to get an absentee ballot.”
No matter what the hassle or strain, your pro-life vote is critical! Look for your postcard; don’t fail to vote!
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