FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Prominent Kentucky Republicans shot back last month on social media comment by the Kentucky Democratic Party chairman who attacked recent voting reforms passed by Georgian lawmakers.
On March 26, Colmon Elridge, the first black leader of the KDP, responded to a tweet by his Georgian counterpart Nikema Williams who described Georgian legislation as “the most blatant racist, partisan takeover in modern Georgian history”.
Williams said: “We will fight with all our might in court to get this legislation to the ashes of history along with the rest of Jim Crow.”
In his Twitter response, Elridge said, “We stand with our sisters and brothers in GA against this racist and undemocratic bill. We know that the GOP, supported by their lawyer AG (Daniel) Cameron, will try their hand at it. That is why we must be organized, ready to fight, and as vigilant as they are ruthlessly trying to destroy democracy to protect democracy. “
On Friday, Secretary of State Michael Adams issued a statement calling on the Kentucky Democratic Party: “To apologize for the failure of Democratic governors and lawmakers to implement reforms to widen electoral access in the previous century where they were were in power almost continuously. ”
Adams added, “The Kentucky Democrats did nothing in the century they controlled our government to vote even a day early in our state. Now the Kentucky Democratic Party has the gall to attack Georgia – another state where Republicans, not Democrats, have expanded access to voters. The Democratic establishment should drop the hypocrisy and thank the lawmakers of both parties who have joined me in bringing the Kentucky voting into the 21st century. “
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Louisville, joined the fight Monday in issuing a statement saying, “We are witnessing a coordinated campaign by powerful and wealthy people to mislead the American people and bully.
“The President has repeatedly claimed that state-level debates over voting procedures are worse than Jim Crow or ‘Jim Crow on steroids’. Nobody really believes that. Nobody really believes this current dispute comes close to the terrible racist brutality of segregation. But there is an old cynical saying, “History is just the set of lies that are agreed upon.” And a multitude of powerful people and institutions seem to believe that they will benefit from emulating this great lie.
“The Washington Post has repeatedly exposed White House lies about Georgia law: ‘In reality, the hours on election day have not changed and the ability to cast an early vote has been expanded.’ Many Democratic-led states allow fewer days of early voting than the new Georgian law requires. More than 70% of Americans, including a majority of Democrats and a majority of Independents, are in favor of decent voter ID requirements. Even so, Georgia is becoming alternatives to driving licenses accept to check the absentee voters. All the facts refute the big lie. “
Georgia legislation caused Major League Baseball to remove the All-Star game from Atlanta, where it was supposed to be played, in 2021. Several Georgia-based companies, including Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines, also expressed displeasure with the bill.
In March, the Kentucky General Assembly approved an Adams-sponsored measure that would allow voters to vote in person three days before the election, on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday immediately prior to an election. sets up voting centers in each district where residents can cast their votes, regardless of the district in which they live; and maintains the online portal where voters can request a postal vote. This also allows for easier cleanup of inactive voters from the roles.
Some provisions of the bill, while based on amendments, are based on provisions first applied in 2020 after Democratic Governor Andy Beshear issued an executive order in collaboration with Adams.
This led to a record turnout in November, after which Adams said: “I am proud of the millions of Kentuckians who stood up to a pandemic to vote in a historic election, and I am grateful to the non-partisan coalition that has worked with me – the Governor, the State Board of Elections, our tireless district clerks, and our heroic election workers – all over many months to make Kentucky’s election a national model again. ”
Kentucky’s electoral reform bill is now on the governor’s desk, where he can sign it, veto it, or make it law without his signature.