Omnibus voting changes | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Omnibus voting changes

House Bill Number: 
574

House Bill 574 makes a number of changes to how voting will be conducted, including allowing limited expanded early and absentee voting (more than what the law allows now but much less than what was implemented in 2020). It also addresses voter registration, county board of election appointments, precinct election officer qualifications, consolidated precincts, online portal for mail-in ballot application requests, drop-box or receptacle for absentee ballots, voter assistance requirements and other aspects of voting.

See "Kentucky Republicans trying to pass a big elections reform bill. Here’s what it does." for more details.

HB 574 makes some improvements, but because Kentucky is behind some other states in voter registration and early and absentee voting, in those states HB 574 would have been seen as an attempt at voter suppression.

Bill Sponsor(s): 
Rep. Jennifer Decker

A 144-page committee substitute for the original 138-page HB 574 was approved by the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments & Intergovernmental Affairs Committee on February 25. It was approved by the full House, 93-4, on February 26, after they defeated a provision to expand no-excuse in-person early voting and added a provision to help people who are homeless register and vote.

HB 574 was amended and approved by the Senate State & Local Government Committee on March 15. On March 16, it passed the full Senate, 33-3. On March 29, the House concurred with Senate changes, 91-3. The bill was signed into law by the governor on April 7.

See how legislators voted.

SB 259 was not assigned to a committee.