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Booker not elected, but we're in this for the long haul

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 30, 2020

Thousands of us across Kentucky were honored to work for an amazing, inspiring candidate, Rep. Charles Booker. And though he didn’t win his bid for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, he changed the conversation. He stood up for a bold vision and showed up for Kentuckians in times of crisis. He called out our broken system and called on all of us to build a brighter future.

It’s essential for Kentucky, our country and the world that we elect new leadership to the U.S. Senate in November, and we’re committed to helping make that happen. Once again, the eyes of the nation will be on Kentuckians. As we continue our work to register and mobilize new voters and have even more conversations, we'll be holding Amy McGrath to her commitment to learning from the Booker movement and centering Kentuckians in her campaign. She must hear from us, and we must work together to elect a new senator.

HEROES Act and Moving Forward Act are needed now

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 30, 2020

The U.S. House has taken the lead on several bills that would provide immediate and long-term aid and jobs for people and communities hit hard by the pandemic and economic downturn. But unless Sen. Mitch McConnell allows the Senate to act soon, Kentucky communities will face devastating budget cuts to schools, health care, human services, infrastructure, public safety, unemployment insurance and more.

Specifically, the House has taken the initiative to pass:

  • the HEROES Act 
  • the Moving Forward Act or infrastructure bill (H.R. 2)

Signature Cures for Mail-in Ballots

Posted by: Dave Newton on June 25, 2020

Voting Rights Rally DayEven after the last polls are closed, there are a few things we can do to make sure every vote is counted in this primary election.

Some Kentuckians will hear from their County Clerks this week because their signature won't look quite look like the signature on file. They'll have the opportunity to "cure" their signatures leading up to June 30th. If they don't, their ballots won't count.

Blackjewel has environmental debts, bankruptcy court told

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 25, 2020

KFTC and allies have asked a federal bankruptcy judge to consider the environmental liabilities created by Blackjewel LLC and its affiliate mining companies in settling the company’s bankruptcy case.

Blackjewel – the company that gained notoriety last year when it shut down while owing its workers unpaid wages – has unreclaimed mines throughout eastern Kentucky, as well as in Virginia and West Virginia.

In filings earlier this year, Blackjewel assured the court that the majority of its permits and reclamation obligations had been assumed by other operations, which would be responsible for maintaining and reclaiming the sites.

However, there has been no activity to transfer 149 of the 213 permits the company holds in Kentucky, research has revealed. In the meantime, environmental violations continue to grow at many of the sites.

“We’re alarmed by the fact that so few permit transfers have even been initiated, let alone completed. We’re also alarmed by high, and increasing, number of permit violations at the non-transferred permits,” stated the letter written by Mary Cromer with the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, based in Whitesburg.

KFTC members show up in big ways for primary election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 24, 2020

KFTC members stepped up in remarkable ways this spring to participate in a unique election and support a true, grassroots progressive candidate – while looking out for each other.

Election Day is Today!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 23, 2020

photo 2 (21)Today (Tuesday June 23rd) is Election Day!

If you have your ballot but haven't mailed it back yet, please send it as soon as possible.  Sign and seal both envelopes (this is important - your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures), read directions carefully, and get it postmarked June 23 at the latest.  Postage on ballots is already paid. There also will be local drop boxes at limited locations if you'd prefer to drop off your ballot (your county clerk can tell you where).

Debbie Graner voted yesterday!

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 23, 2020

Debbie GranerKFTC Leader Debbie Graner of Frankfort, voted for the first time yesterday after getting her right to vote back! Debbie fought hard to restore voting rights and because of her work and others, 152,000 people with felonies in their past can vote this election who could not vote last election.

People with felonies in their past who want to know if they got their right to vote back can visit CivilRightsResoration.ky.gov to check, then they can register normally.

If you have questions, call Dave Newton at 859-420-8919.

Everything you need to know about tomorrow's (June 23) Kentucky election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 22, 2020

First,  you don't actually have to wait until Election Day to vote!  If you haven't already voted, polls are open today and you can beat the lines and vote now.  Find your county's "in-person absentee" voting location here.

If you have your ballot but haven't mailed it back yet, please send it as soon as possible.  Sign and seal both envelopes (this is important - your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures), read directions carefully, and get it postmarked June 23 at the latest.  Postage on ballots is already paid. There also will be local drop boxes at limited locations if you'd prefer to drop off your ballot (your county clerk can tell you where).

Taking action for Black lives and a moral agenda

Posted by: KFTC Staff on June 18, 2020

We are Kentuckians. We choose each other. And right now Kentuckians across our Commonwealth are in motion and taking sustained actions in defense of Black Lives, in support of a shared vision and moral agenda. We cannot, will not, let up.

KFTC supports and stands with Black-led racial justice movements and organizations in Kentucky and beyond our borders who are envisioning, demanding and building a just and liberated world. We celebrate recent Supreme Court decisions affirming the humanity and constitutional rights of LGBTQ+ people and upholding DACA protections for hundreds of thousands of immigrant young people. And on the eve of Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the emancipation of Black people from slavery in the U.S., we call on our 12,000 members to continue to commit time and resources in urgent and intentional ways to advance racial justice. 

In-person voting options for the June 23 primary election

Posted by: KFTC staff on June 16, 2020

There are options for voting in person before or on Election Day (Tuesday, June 23) if you were unable to request a mail-in absentee ballot by the June 15 deadline.

Quick Links

List of county clerks

In-person voting locations (on and before Election Day)

Check the status of your mail-in absentee ballot

Volunteer with KFTC to help turn out the vote

Find out more about candidates

First, if you were able to request a ballot, return it as soon as possible. Read the directions on your ballot carefully and follow all the instructions including signing both envelopes (this is important – your vote will not count if the envelopes are missing signatures). Mail it back (it is pre-addressed with postage paid) as soon as possible but it must be postmarked no later than June 23 and received by your county clerk by June 26. Or you can hand deliver it to the county clerk, usually to their courthouse office, no later than June 23.

If you requested but haven't yet received your ballot, or mailed it back in and want to make sure it's been received, you can check the status of your ballot here. This system is a little new and has a few problems, though. You have to enter your name exactly how it appears on your voter registration on the first page. If you get a "request does not exist" response at the end, go back to the beginning and type your name exactly how it appears on that last page. For Fayette County voters, your ballot request date will show accurately on here, but other dates won't show up. They're working on the system to improve it now.

There are additionally ways to vote in person in each county by appointment before Election Day or at a limited number of voting locations on Election Day (usually just one per county). Your local county clerk can give you more information about that. Allow for the possibility of long lines if you plan to voter in person on Election Day, and wear a mask.

You can use www.KentuckyElection.org to learn more about candidates and their stances.

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