Following the successes seen in Kentucky related to new voting processes in the midst of the pandemic, Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams sat down with The Bottom Line to discuss what voting in the Commonwealth will look like moving forward.
“You can’t have one party making the rules; you’ve got to have both sides working together,” Adams said.
Adams pointed to the success seen with the bipartisan plan crafted by his office and Gov. Andy Beshear. In the 2021 session, the General Assembly passed House Bill 574 to permanently implement many of the most successful aspects of the plan.
“One of the things in this new bill is actually a closure of a loophole that I had requested be done. Now I don’t have to wait for four years to take someone off the rolls who is voting in some other state and still on our rolls. I can go ahead and take them off immediately. That I think will put us on track to take off 400,000 voters off our rolls by the end of my term. That’s my goal,” Adams said.
Other states, Adams said, have struggled compared to Kentucky when it comes to their voting procedures during the pandemic and beyond.
As for what’s next, Adams said his office is focused on implementation of policies and continuing cleanup of the voter rolls.
Watch the full interview with Secretary of State Michael Adams below: