Today, Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams said they reached an agreement on how the state’s primary elections, special elections and local option elections scheduled for June 23, will be conducted given the global health pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Secretary Adams sent Governor Beshear a formal letter of recommendation Thursday, and Friday the Governor issued an executive order that outlines the election procedures that will be in place in June.
“Today’s Executive Order and regulations that will be created by the Kentucky State Board of Elections will allow all Kentuckians who are registered to vote for the upcoming primary to vote by mail through an absentee ballot,” said Beshear in a press release. “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.”
“Voters across the political spectrum will be pleased with this plan to protect both democracy and public health,” said Adams in the same release. “I’m grateful to Gov. Beshear for his leadership, and his working in good faith with me toward ensuring a successful and safe election.”
The governor said the State Board of Elections also will be working on a plan to safely conduct limited in-person voting and a possible drive-through voting option, so that those voters who cannot vote by mail can exercise their right to vote.