(PresidentialWire.com)- Republican Senator Rand Paul is urging lawmakers in his home state of Kentucky to pass election laws that would require in-person voting.
Kentucky is one of the states that expanded mail-in voting rights in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That occurred after Michael Adams, the Republican secretary of state, came to an agreement with Andy Beshear, the Democratic governor, that helped reduce long lines of people waiting to vote during the pandemic.
Now, Paul is trying to convince other lawmakers in Kentucky to move forward with a bill that would protection the state’s election security in the future.
Three Republicans members of the state House of Representatives are working on an election-security bill. While details haven’t been released just yet, it’s expected to be introduced next week, with a vote expected that day.
This week, Adams said in-person voting is the “gold standard.” At the same time, he said he hopes the upcoming bill would help ease crowds at polling places by expanding early voting opportunities for people. Miranda Combs, his spokeswoman, said in a statement:
“Secretary Adams believes that in-person voting is the gold standard, and hopes this bill will expand in-person voting opportunities with at least a few days of early voting.”
On Thursday, Paul spoke to a committee of the Kentucky House remotely. He said it’s “harder to verify mail-in votes than it is in-person votes.” He continued:
“It’s a fact, it’s easier to verify who someone is when they show up and show their ID. So, I think our rules should be that we encourage voting in-person and that we discourage not voting in person.”
Paul did say there should be exceptions to this rule, including allowing absentee balloting for anyone who is a member of the military, elderly or ill. He said the widespread exceptions made for the 2020 election should only be temporary.
He urged the lawmakers to ensure the law they are proposing is “explicit” in its language so there aren’t any loopholes that people could take advantage of. He said:
“In devising this law, be aware that if you don’t tell people they can’t do something, the courts have interpreted this to mean they can do it.”
One of the bill’s sponsors, Representative Jennifer Decker, said the goal of the bill is to enhance the “integrity and trust” of Kentucky’s election system.
Democrats, of course, are already starting to complain about the Republicans’ effort to push forward an election security bill. Representative McKenzie Cantrell, for example, complained that her Republican counterparts haven’t released any details on the bill yet. She said members of the committee were told they’d get a copy of the draft of the bill on Monday.
“You’re asking for accountability and transparency, and yet you’re not giving any accountability and transparency in this process.”
Hopefully, everything will go well as Rand hopes in Kentucky, and the state is able to pass an election-security law that ensures that integrity is upheld, but also that people are given a wider window to vote that will make doing so in-person safe for years to come.