Call to Order and Roll Call
The2nd meeting of the Task Force on Elections, Constitutional Amendments, and Intergovernmental Affairs of the Interim Joint Committee on State Government was held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, at 1:00 PM, in Room 171 of the Capitol Annex. Representative Darryl T. Owens, Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.
Members:Representative Darryl T. Owens, Co-Chair; Senators Walter Blevins Jr., Ernie Harris, Stan Humphries, Christian McDaniel, Gerald A. Neal, R.J. Palmer II, Albert Robinson, and Dan "Malano" Seum; Representatives Kevin D. Bratcher, Larry Clark, Joseph M. Fischer, Mike Harmon, Mary Lou Marzian, and Sannie Overly.
Guests: Julie Barr, Oldham County Clerk & President, Kentucky County Clerk’s Association; James Lewis, Leslie County Clerk & Elections Committee Chair, Kentucky County Clerk’s Association.
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the July 23, 2013 meeting were approved without objection, upon motion by Representative Harmon and second by Representative Marzian.
Local Option Elections on Primary or Regular Election Days
The Oldham County Clerk and the Leslie County Clerk discussed the date of local option elections. The Oldham County Clerk gave several examples of the costs of recent local option elections in Oldham County, with one example of nearly $2,500.00 in costs to the county for a total of 56 votes cast in the election. Consequently, both Clerks advocated for a cost-saving statutory change that would require local option elections to be held on the same day as a primary or regular election.
A bill was filed on the issue the last two sessions, and a copy of the latest version from the 2013 Regular Session was in the members’ folders. The Leslie County Clerk suggested that the 2013 bill could be improved by amending the language to also accommodate having local option elections in years in which no regular elections are scheduled.
Several members posed questions and voiced their opinions and concerns. A primary concern among a couple of members was that having local option elections on the same day as a primary or regular election has the potential of making the candidate elections become merely a referendum on the local option question.
A tape of this meeting can be found in the Legislative Research Commission library.
The business concluded, and the meeting was adjourned at 1:20 p.m.