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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear. Photo: Scotty Perry/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) on Wednesday signed a bipartisan bill that expands voting access in the state.

Why it matters: The legislation, passed by the GOP-controlled legislature, comes as Republicans in other states push for more voting restrictions. Last month, Georgia became the first battleground state to pass a law curbing voting access.

Details: The Kentucky law establishes three days of in-person early voting.

  • It also keeps in place some of the emergency features implemented due to the pandemic, including an online portal for absentee ballot registration, absentee drop boxes and voting centers where residents from any precinct can vote.
  • It establishes a process to cure deficient absentee ballots and requires a gradual switch to equipment that can process paper ballots.
  • The law gives state officials more authority to remove individuals from voter rolls if they have moved away and registered to vote in another state. And it prohibits and penalizes ballot harvesting, among other provisions.

Yes, but: "Kentucky already has some of the most restrictive voting laws in the country," the Lexington Herald Leader notes.

What they're saying: “I firmly believe that we should be making it easier for Kentuckians to vote and participate in the democratic process,” Beshear said in a statement. “This new law represents important first steps to preserve and protect every individual’s right to make their voice heard.”

  • Beshear also said that while he wanted more in the bill, the legislation is a "win for Kentucky."
  • "While some states have stepped in a different direction, I'm really proud of Kentucky."
  • Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams, a Republican, added, "While other states are caught up in partisan division, Kentucky is leading the nation in making it both easier to vote and harder to cheat."

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Atlanta mayor signs order against Georgia's voting law

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Tuesday issued an administrative order "to mitigate the impact of new voting restrictions imposed" by Georgia's recently enacted law curbing voting access.

Why it matters: Civil rights groups, Democrats and more than 100 businesses and CEOs have condemned the law.

John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 7, 2021 - Axios Denver

Voting misinformation abounds after All-Star Game moved from Georgia to Colorado

All-Star ballots are at the ready for the fans at Coors Field. Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Major League Baseball's decision to move the All-Star Game to Denver from Atlanta after Georgia approved a law that makes it more difficult to vote is creating a firestorm of misinformation about Colorado's voting laws.

Reality check: There's little similarity between the states. Colorado has one of the most accessible systems in the nation and recorded the second-highest turnout rate among the voting eligible population in 2020.

Trump: Georgia voting law doesn't go far enough

Donald Trump in Feb. 2021. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday wrote in a statement that it was "too bad" that the GOP-sponsored law restricting voter access in Georgia "didn't go further."

Why it matters: The law has garnered widespread condemnation from civil rights activists, Democrats, and more than 100 businesses and CEOs for instituting stricter ID requirements and limiting the use of ballot drop boxes, among other restrictions.