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Gov. Beshear Lays Out Voting Protocols Following Comments By The President

Karyn Czar, WUKY

During the first 2020 Presidential debate Tuesday night, President Donald Trump again raised concerns about voter fraud and urged his followers "to go into the polls and watch very carefully."  Governor Andy Beshear was quick to say “You can’t be doing that…There will be no general public going into polling stations to watch other people vote. That is not legal in Kentucky.”

According to KRS 117.315 only a voter, elections officers, certified challengers, minors with their parents or persons assisting voters who need help are allowed in polling locations. And Beshear made clear that certified challengers must be trained, they cannot intimidate voters and they can be removed if they aren’t following the rules.  

Beshear also squashed a suggestion made by the President last month to vote more than once to “test the system” saying “Don’t try to vote twice. I know that’s been said too. That is against the law as well. We should be careful not to be spreading or not to be suggesting unlawful activity to people. We are elected officials that are elected through this process and we have a duty to advise people on the right things to do in the process.”        

The deadline to register to vote in Kentucky is this Monday, October 5th at 4:00 pm. The General Election is Tuesday, November 3rd and early voting begins on Tuesday, October 13th. Several counties already have boxes in place to drop off absentee ballots. You can register to vote or find more election information at http://www.govoteky.com