kentucky legislatureFRANKFORT, Ky. (1/23/20) — State Senators passed Senate Bill 2, Secretary of State Michael G. Adams’ top legislative priority, by a lopsided 29-9 margin, according to a press release.

The measure would for the first time require proof of identity with a Photo ID, unless the voter affirms in writing that a “reasonable impediment” prevents the voter from obtaining a Photo ID. To help ensure no one is disenfranchised, the measure provides for persons without a state-issued ID to get one for free, according to officials.

“Thanks to all the senators who stood with me and with Kentucky voters today to make it harder to cheat in our elections,” Adams said in a statement.

Adams spent his pre-inauguration transition period and his first two weeks in office helping to develop the bill. In particular, Adams said he invited left-leaning organizations and advocates to the table in order to hear and address their concerns, and Wednesday, they publicly praised his efforts during a legislative hearing on the bill. 

Corey Shapiro of the Kentucky ACLU stated, “We are very grateful for the dialogue we’ve had with Secretary Adams and his staff and the significant improvements made to the bill.”

Senate Bill 2 now heads to the House for its consideration.

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