Bill which would move statewide office elections to even numbered years passes House committee

01/08/2018 04:30 PM

FRANKFORT – A bill which would change the election year of Governor, Lieutenant Governor and state Constitutional officers from the current odd numbered year to even numbers years passed the House Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs on Monday.

House Bill 23, sponsored by Rep. Kenny Imes, R-Murray, would amend Section 95 of the Constitution of Kentucky to hold the election of statewide officers in even numbered years, every four years, beginning in 2024.

If HB 23 is passed by both chambers, voters of Kentucky will decide the issue at the polls.

Imes said the one simple reason for changing the year, is to save taxpayers money.

“This cost the taxpayers of Kentucky, especially the counties, a tremendous amount of money,” Imes said. “Thirteen and a half million dollars statewide.”

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Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, pointed out one of the advantages of having the state officer elections during the odd numbered years is a focus on the Commonwealth.

“One of the arguments that I’ve heard about this is that one of the good things about having the elections on the odd years is that the governors race and all of the statewide races focus on Kentucky issues,” Nemes said. “I think it’s important that we have a discussion about Kentucky, not about what’s going on in Washington.”

The bill now moves on to the full House for consideration.

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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