Proposal would change timing for Kentucky elections

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A proposed ballot measure to switch elections for Kentucky governor and other statewide constitutional offices to even-numbered years has cleared the state Senate.

Republican Sen. Christian McDaniel of Taylor Mill said the goal is to raise voter turnout and reduce election-related costs by consolidating more elections.

But Democratic Sen. Ray Jones II of Pikeville said Republicans want the change to improve the GOP's chances of winning constitutional offices.

The proposed constitutional amendment cleared the GOP-run Senate on a 25-12 vote Wednesday.

Currently, elections for governor and other constitutional offices are held in odd-numbered years. The next election for those jobs is set for 2015.

The proposed ballot measure would shift those elections to even-numbered years every four years, beginning in 2016. The proposal now goes to the House.

___

The legislation is Senate Bill 27.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 241588581 - wkyt.com/a?a=241588581
Gray Television, Inc.