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Sec. Adams' statement on challenge to Single Voting Locations

By Michael Adams, Kentucky Secretary of State

"I've consistently communicated my opposition to a single voting location in counties that are large in population or geography. That certainly includes Jefferson, Fayette, Kenton, Boone and Campbell Counties, which are named in this lawsuit. These counties' decisions to offer only one voting location were made over my explicit objection.

"I strongly sympathize with concerns raised by the plaintiffs, who prefer to vote in person. That is precisely why I championed in-person voting throughout my negotiations with Governor Beshear, and ultimately maintained the right of all Kentuckians to vote in person if they choose - while also recommending they vote absentee if possible so that crowds at voting locations can be minimized.

"I respect the hard work of our county clerks under difficult circumstances, and recognize that many simply lack available locations and/or volunteer poll workers to offer voting locations beyond those they already have. Ultimately, it is these local election officials who should decide our local election policies, not a federal judge, who would not be equipped to decide where to place voting locations, nor recruit new poll workers after so many have quit for fear of coronavirus, nor train these new poll workers in the dwindling time left before election day."

This story was posted on 2020-06-09 15:04:08
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