Proposal Would Change Timing Of Ky. Elections

Jan 23, 2014

A proposed ballot measure to switch elections for Kentucky governor and other statewide constitutional offices has cleared the state Senate.

Republican Sen. Christian McDaniel of Taylor Mill said the goal is to raise voter turnout and reduce election-related costs by consolidating more elections.

But Democratic Sen. Ray Jones II of Pikeville said Republicans want the change to improve the GOP's chances of winning constitutional offices.

The proposed constitutional amendment cleared the GOP-run Senate on a 25-12 vote Wednesday.

Currently, elections for governor and other constitutional offices are held in odd-numbered years. The next election for those jobs is set for 2015.

The proposed ballot measure would shift those elections to even-numbered years every four years, beginning in 2016. The proposal now goes to the House.