A veto made by Governor Andy Beshear opposing a voter ID law was defeated Tuesday in both the Kentucky House and Senate.
Republican state lawmakers called the proposed voter ID law one of their top priorities at the beginning of the 2020 legislative session.
Proponents said it would increase confidence in the state’s elections by preventing fraud, but Democrats are claiming that problem doesn’t exist, adding the bill would keep legal voters from heading to the polls.
Voters would need a photo ID to cast a ballot in-person or through the mail. Senate Bill 2 also lays out a process to provide free IDs to people in need.
The debate Tuesday focused on the impacts of the coronavirus on the new rule.
Minority Floor Leader Senator Morgan McGarvey said with the county clerks offices closed because of the coronavirus, people cannot get a drivers license or photo ID.
One of the bills sponsors responded by stating it would not impact the primary elections, now being held in June.
Republican Senator Robby Mills said it will not go into effect until November’s election and those clerks offices will probably be open and doing business later in the spring or summer and there would be ample opportunity to obtain the ID before November.
The House also vetoed bills that deal with how judges interpret insurance laws and one that allows government notices to be posted online instead of in newspapers.
SB 15 was also approved by the House in a 74-15 vote, which would put Marcy’s Law on the ballot again.
Lawmakers are set to meet for their last day of the legislative session on Wednesday.