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.

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