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Gov. Beshear hopeful for no-excuse absentee voting in November

Posted at 11:16 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 23:16:38-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — It is not a total reversal, but President Donald Trump signaled today that he would approve of mail-in voting in Florida, but he continues to rail against the prospect of universal mail-in voting across the country in November.

Gov. Andy Beshear made it clear again during his Tuesday press conference that he wants absentee voting to be available to all registered voters.

Gov. Beshear said he hopes to hear from Secretary of state Michael Adams on his recommendations for voting in the upcoming election perhaps as early as this week. Gov. Beshear and Adams were able to come together to make accommodations for the Primary election. Now, the productive bi-partisan relationship they have enjoyed will be put to the test again.

Secretary Adams told lawmakers last week that mail-in absentee voting and early in-person voting worked well in June and he plans on pushing for more polling places to become available.

Gov. Beshear, on the other hand, has said no-excuse absentee voting is necessary during a pandemic, and while he agrees there should be more polling locations, he pointed to mail-in absentee voting and in person voting as contributing to a strong turnout during the primary.

Gov. Beshear also rejected President Trump's claims that mail-in voting is rife with fraud.

"And I believe that yes, it is fraud-free," Gov. Beshear said. "I was Attorney General for four years. We saw very few examples of the types of fraud that people raise concerns about that would impact this election."

Meanwhile, in a Twitter thread tonight, Secretary Adams said he has enjoyed a good working relationship with Gov. Beshear and that he's confident Beshear will "Put ideology aside, meet me in the middle and ensure a successful general election."