Secretary of State Trey Grayson (R-Boone County) commended the Kentucky State Senate for passing Senate Bill 127 which provides a clear process for challenging the bona fides of candidates before Election Day. The bill passed with overwhelming support in today’s floor vote short after being passed unanimously in a committee vote today.
“The efforts of the Senate to consider this bill in an expeditious and thorough manner are outstanding and commendable,” stated Grayson.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Bob Leeper (I-Paducah) and co-sponsored by Senator Richie Sanders, Jr. (R-Franklin), Senator Julie Rose Denton (R-Louisville), and Senator Johnny Ray Turner (D-Drift). The bill comes to the forefront of important issues facing lawmakers during the 2005 session due to a recent challenge in the 2004 election cycle, which is still pending in the courts.
Senate Bill 127 requires any action commenced in a circuit court challenging candidates for office to be filed no later than 50 days prior to the general election. The bill establishes parameters that allow courts sufficient time to decide whether the candidate is bona fide before Election Day.
Previously, challenges could be filed at any time prior to the general election. Last minute challenges left voters open to disenfranchisement. Votes cast for candidates deemed ineligible for the office were suppressed.
“I am encouraged by the actions of the Senate and would hope that the House would take similar action in order to strengthen Kentucky’s election laws.”
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