Bill to move gubernatorial elections to even numbered years passes Senate

01/11/2018 05:20 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which move the year for the governor, lieutenant governor and all of the constitutional officer elections from the current odd numbered years to even numbered years was passed by the full Senate.

Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Chris McDaniel, passed 24-11 along party lines, and would put the question in the form of a constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters to decide.

“I can’t imagine anything more democratic or bipartisan in wanting to save money, make elections easier, and improve voter participation,” McDaniel said.

Sen. Ray Jones, who was one of 11 Democrats to vote against the bill, felt that it was more about giving the GOP candidates an advantage since they would be on the same ballot with two incumbent Republican U.S. Senators and a Republican President.

“It’s not about saving the state money, what this is really about is putting Kentucky to the presidential election cycle in the hopes of the GOP to gain an advantage,” Jones said. “The last thing that we need are a nationalization of political races that affect state issues.”

SB 4 now moves on to the House where it will need 60 yes votes for the issue to be put on the ballot.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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