Kentucky

The Bluegrass State

Motto:
United we stand, divided we fall


Constitution

Major campaigning occurred in Kentucky during the 2020 cycle with the race between incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell (R) and Amy McGrath (D) at times entering close margins. Democratic political campaign organizations spent about $90 million in an attempt to unseat the then-Majority Leader. McConnell ultimately prevailed in the 2020 election, but the race for his seat was indicative of the importance of Senate races nationwide as both parties vied for the majority.

Over 2 million ballots were cast in Kentucky in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 65%. The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald J. Trump, who won its 8 electoral votes with 62.1% of the popular vote. Kentucky has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 2000.

Kentucky has a bicameral legislature with 40 senators and 125 representatives. Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 2017, but prior to that year Democrats had held the majority in the House for well over 2 decades. Governor Andy Bershear (D) is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseOver 65
Incarcerated but not yet convicted.
Work
No ChangeNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoAbsentee ballot application sent to all registered voters. No Legislative Activity
Deadline6:00 PM on election dayNo Change HB574 (pg. 27)

PASSED


Requires absentee ballot requests to be made through an online portal (with some exceptions) which closes 14 days before Election Day.
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle onlyNo ChangeNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Kentucky averages a 61% rating, reflecting its more right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

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