Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Voter ID Bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The legislature also approved a new Voter ID law requiring voters to have some form of photo ID when they go to the polls in November.

A Senate Conference Committee approved a version of the bill today, removing a provision that would have helped people with impediments to getting an ID.

The bill also doesn’t allow out-of-state IDs, a change from what the House passed earlier this month.

The House and Senate both approved the bill, sending it to the governor.

Democrats, including state Rep. Attica Scott, D-Louisville, voted against the bill because they believe it will hinder people from voting. Scott also criticized lawmakers for passing it now, when the Capitol is closed off to the public due to a pandemic.

“This is a time when we should all be coming together, not putting up barriers, barriers to full participation in our democracy,” Scott said. “And yet here we are, moving ahead with bills to make it tougher to qualify for public benefits or to make it tougher for people who would be questioned about their citizenship, and with this bill and the free conference committee report, to make it tougher to vote.”

Republican supporters say the bill will ensure confidence in the elections and battle a form of voter fraud that they believe is difficult to detect.

The bill now goes to Governor Andy Beshear. Messages seeking comment from his office Thursday night regarding the bill have not been returned.