Senate Bill 2, the Mandatory Voter Photo ID Bill, survived a veto from the Governor. (It only takes a simple majoity of lawmakers - 51% - to override a veto.) The bill is scheduled to become law after the June 23, 2020, primary election, but before the November 3, 2020, general election.
Voter ID laws deprive many voters of their right to vote, reduce participation, and stand in direct opposition to our country’s trend of including more Americans in the democratic process. Many Americans do not have one of the forms of identification states acceptable for voting. These voters are disproportionately low-income, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Such voters more frequently have difficulty obtaining ID, because they cannot afford or cannot obtain the underlying documents that are a prerequisite to obtaining government-issued photo ID card.
Lawmakers pushed this voter suppression measure in the name of election security, yet not a single proponent of this law has ever provided any instance of in-person voter fraud in Kentucky. Even worse, they insist on enacting this cruel measure that thousands of people cannot even comply with because many county clerks remain closed due to the novel coronavirus.
The law is scheduled to go into effect before the November 2020 election, but we are considering litigation to stop this measure and protect Kentuckians' right to vote.
- Introduced: 1/7/20
- Passed Senate Committee: 1/22/20
- Passed Senate with Changes: 1/23/20 (Vote: 29-9)
- Accepted by House: 1/24/20
- Passed House Committee: 2/20/20
- Passed House with Changes: 3/3/20 (Vote: 62-35)
- Final Version Passed by Senate: 3/19/20 (Vote: 29-2)
- Final Version Passed by House: 3/19/20 (Vote: 58-25)
- Sent to Governor: 3/26/20
- Vetoed by Governor: 4/3/20
- Veto Overridden in Senate: 4/14/20 (Vote: 27-6)
- Veto Overridden in House: 4/14/20 (Vote: 60-29)