There are various types of barriers facing voters including photo ID requirements, voting booth availability, the flexibility of poll hours, and the availability of time off from work with pay for voting. Some states even have financial penalties for the violation of deadlines or rules related to registration lists. Online voter registration, absentee voting, and early voting are some policies that clearly are shown to ease voting. Regarding early voting, in particular, there is an interesting new development in Kentucky. The state’s Governor, Andy Beshear, has signed a new bill expanding early voting for citizens. The bill’s promulgation is a rare show of bipartisanship in the very heart of Trump country.
Independent had an article on this development in Kentucky. Here is an excerpt:
Gov. Andy Beshear signed legislation Wednesday expanding early voting in Kentucky a rare display of bipartisan cooperation in the heart of Trump country at a time of national conflict over restrictive election measures.
The Democratic governor called it “a good day for democracy.” The bill’s GOP sponsors and Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams joined him at the signing ceremony.
“This new law represents an important first step to preserve and protect every individual’s right to make their voice heard by casting their ballots in a secure and convenient manner on the date and time that works best for them,” Beshear said.