Secretary of State Michael Adams

SECRETARY OF STATE ADAMS STATEMENT ON KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S VETO OF SB 216

FRANKFORT, KY - (April 9, 2022) – On Friday, April 8, 2022 Secretary of State Michael Adams released the following statement on Governor Andy Beshear’s veto of Senate Bill 216, which passed with wide bipartisan support.

“Despite my respect for Governor Beshear, I am very disappointed with his veto of Senate Bill 216.

This measure:

  • Doubles the number of counties subject to post-election audit
  • Moves up to January 1, 2024, full transition to universal paper ballots statewide
  • Places voting machines under video surveillance during non-voting hours of election periods

These are nonpartisan, common-sense reforms that will improve our election process, as well as public confidence in that process.

Just yesterday, the Governor noted, rightly, that election policy ought to be made in a bipartisan fashion.

Well, every single Democratic senator voted for this bill, along with 27 Republicans. More House Democrats voted for it than against it as well.

If the Governor will not be part of bipartisan policy-making, he at least ought not to obstruct it.

Following his rejection of this bipartisan agreement, I hope all of these legislators will vote in bipartisan fashion to override his unfortunate veto.”

 

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