Republicans in Kentucky celebrated on Tuesday night after successfully overriding a veto on a bill to make it more difficult to vote, a move that could help Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s 2020 re-election campaign by suppressing voter turnout.
Earlier this month, Gov. Andy Beshear (D) blasted the bill in his veto message.
“I am vetoing Senate Bill 2 because the provisions of the law would create an obstacle to the ability of Kentuckians to exercise their right to vote, resulting in fewer people voting and undermining our democracy,” Beshear said in early April.
“During this time, the offices that would provide this identification are not open to in-person traffic, which would be necessary to create the actual identification,” Beshear noted.
Kentucky state senate Republicans posted a photo of Sen. Damon Thayer and Sen. Robby Mills posing with Secretary of State Michael Adams.
One of the Senate’s top priorities for the 2020 Session, SB2, was signed this evening by @KYSecState after both chambers overrode a veto by the Governor. SB2, sponsored by @RobbyMillsforKY & @damon_thayer, will require Kentuckians to show a photo ID in order to vote. #kyga20 pic.twitter.com/mqs51c3Kpq
— KY Senate Majority (@KYSenateGOP) April 15, 2020