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Kentucky Gov. Beshear signs into law bipartisan elections bill expanding voting access

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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This is the part where I, the person that tells everybody to be calm, have to remain calm myself,\" Gov. Andy Beshear -- pictured at a March 23, 2020 press conference -- said at his daily briefing Tuesday. \"Because anyone who goes to something like this may think that they are indestructible, but it s someone else s loved one that they are going to hurt. He was talking about where one Kentuckian tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a 'coronavirus party.' March 24, 2020Andy Beshear

Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear signed a bipartisan-supported bill into law on Wednesday that expanded voting access by codifying election recount procedures, online absentee ballot portals and early voting procedures -- an exception to the GOP efforts nationwide to overhaul state election rules in the wake of the 2020 election.

(CNN)Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear signed a bipartisan-supported bill into law on Wednesday that expanded voting access by codifying election recount procedures, online absentee ballot portals and early voting procedures -- an exception to the GOP efforts nationwide to overhaul state election rules in the wake of the 2020 election.

It will also require drop boxes, creates official recount procedures, allows for tax dollars to advocate for or against ballot questions and mandates all voting machines to generate a paper trail for votes cast, Beshear said.

The signing of the bill comes at a time when Republicans in key states -- including Georgia, Arizona and Texas -- are pushing to make voting more difficult after former President Donald Trump's months of lies about the outcome of the 2020 election.

An updated tally by the left-leaning Brennan Center for Justice finds 361 bills restricting voting had been introduced in 47 states as of March 24.

Beshear implied the 2020 election cycle was secure and cast a thinly veiled criticism against states that have made it more difficult for voters seeking to cast their ballot.

When sometimes people said eyes were on Kentucky, we showed them the very best, ensuring that not only all our citizens and a record number of citizens in a general election could vote, but that they could do so safely. "

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