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Lexington lawmaker files three bills he says will improve Kentucky elections

State Rep. Chad Aull (D-Lexington) says three he filed last week would improve elections for Kentucky voters.
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State Rep. Chad Aull (D-Lexington) says three he filed last week would improve elections for Kentucky voters.

A state lawmaker from Lexington has filed three bills he says would improve elections for Kentucky voters. Democratic Representative Chad Aull said one would do away with straight-ticket voting and another would keep polls open until 7 p.m.

“I think it's, you know, our responsibility to provide the citizens of the Commonwealth and most time possible to execute their ballot. And, you know, we occasionally see problems at the polls where people run out of ballots, and they have to hold the polls open in those locations anyway.”

Aull’s third bill might be a near-impossibility in a Republican-dominated General Assembly – it would indicate support for a constitutional amendment doing away with the Electoral College.

“That would solidify that the person who got the most votes nationally for president would become president instead of someone who was able to string together enough votes from the Electoral College.”

In the last eight presidential elections, Republican candidates have gathered the most popular votes just once – but won the White House three times.

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John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
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