County Clerks agree with Adams on election reform

Frankfort, KY (November 20, 2020) – With the 2020 general election over, Secretary of State Michael Adams has turned his attention to development of legislation to make permanent several election reforms instituted temporarily this year through emergency powers. Adams’ first step was to consult the 120 county clerks who are Kentucky’s frontline election officials, and the results are revealing.

Of 115 county clerks who responded to Secretary Adams:

  • 79% want to keep in-person early voting
  • 92% support keeping “vote centers” (centralized locations where any county resident can vote) if on a voluntary basis by county, and 63% support vote centers being required
  • 70% favor keeping a signature cure process for absentee ballots
  • 89% support keeping the absentee ballot request portal

“From day one, I’ve actively consulted with county clerks of both political parties as I develop election policy,” Adams said. “I’m so pleased that, by overwhelming margins, the county clerks agree with the four main tenets of the election reform legislation I’m preparing for the General Assembly to consider.”