April 7, 2021

WHEN ELECTIONS AREN'T CLOSE ENOUGH TO RESTRICT BLACK VOTES:

Why Kentucky Just Became the Only Red State to Expand Voting Rights (Nick Corasanti, 4/07/21, NY Times)

The law in Kentucky establishes three days of early voting in the state; introduces voting centers that would allow for more in-person balloting options; creates an online portal to register and request ballots; and allows voters to fix problems with absentee ballots, a process known as curing.

The reasons that Kentucky Republicans have diverged on voting rights range from the political to the logistical. For one, they had an easier sell: With sweeping new rules allowing the election to be held safely during the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans in Kentucky had one of their best cycles in years, with both Senator Mitch McConnell and Mr. Trump easily winning in the state.

And expanding voting access in Kentucky was a low bar to clear; the state had some of the tightest voting laws in the country before 2020, with not a single day of early voting, and strict limits on absentee balloting.

The push in Kentucky and other states -- including the Democratic-controlled Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii and Massachusetts -- reflects an odd outcome of the pandemic: The most challenging election in nearly a century brought about expansive changes across the country to ease access to the ballot box.


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