Beshear veto on bipartisan election reform bill underscores weak record on election security

Frankfort, Ky. (April 8, 2022) – The Republican Party of Kentucky issued the following statement after Governor Beshear vetoed Senate Bill 216, a bipartisan election reform bill that required a full transition to paper ballots by January 1, 2024, and places voting machines under video surveillance during non-voting hours of election periods.

“Governor Andy Beshear just vetoed a series of election security reforms that gained widespread bipartisan support from Republican and Democrat members of the General Assembly and Secretary of State Michael G. Adams,” RPK spokesperson Sean Southard said. “Secretary of State Adams has said for years now that it’s his aim to make it ‘easy to vote and hard to cheat,’ a laudable goal. Bipartisan measures like Senate Bill 216 meet that test and improve public confidence in our elections. It’s clear that after his veto of Senate Bill 216 and the voter ID bill a few years ago, Governor Beshear has a weak track record on election security.”

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