Kentucky lawmakers hoping to change voting year

Posted at 8:37 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 21:17:38-05

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — With enough support, Kentucky lawmakers are hoping to change the year voters pick their governor.

Currently, Kentucky elects its governor, Lieutenant Governor, and constitutional leaders in years ending in an odd number.

Lawmakers want to move those types of elections to years that end with an even number. One reason lawmakers want this is because they believe more people would vote since the presidential race would be on the ballot.

"I believe in voter participation," Sen. Christian McDaniel said.

"I believe when the most number of people vote, we get the best outcome."

Supporters say this change would also save millions of dollars, but critics say its not worth it because they believe our state races would get sidelined to bigger national ones.

"The issues that effect Kentucky need to take the forefront in any debate and any election and not be drowned out by millions of dollars in advertisements for the national level," Sen. Robin Webb said.

This bill now heads to the house. However, even if the passes there, the ultimate decision will be up to the voters because the shift requires changing the constitution where voters have final say.