Name: Charles Lovett
Office sought: Secretary of state
Resident of: Louisville-Jefferson County
Party affiliation: Democrat
Previous elected positions: None
What would be your top policy priority if elected?
While civic engagement will be a crucial priority of my office, I will look to enhance and expand the election experience process among all eligible Kentucky voters, while improving on the operational effectiveness and service of the office. But the biggest policy change which I will seek to propose, if elected, would be evaluating and looking at making Kentucky an open primary state.
What experiences qualify you to serve as secretary of state?
Though a newcomer to the political arena, I am a civil servant by trade, whose professional motto has always been a commitment to making a difference. But first and foremost, I am a Kentuckian, born and raised; a proud Kentuckian with ideas, goals and a desire to serve. Having experience working in public safety, to protect and serve; I see no difference when, as secretary of state, my main priority will be protecting and serving the best interest of all Kentuckians. Of course, becoming secretary of state will not be an easy task, but as a candidate who is passionate about the issues, and who understands the problems currently facing our people, I know that I will be a great candidate to move Kentucky forward.
In what ways would you like to see the Kentucky election process improved?
My top priority will be to look at current polling problems and solutions. But as a big supporter of electoral reforms, I will evaluate all aspects of the office and the election system to look for areas of improvements, in favor of modernizing Kentucky’s election process; specifically, in areas such as online voter registration, online voting and vote by mail, among other reforms.
What do you think of a proposal from the Republican Party of Kentucky to host a caucus to select a presidential nominee?
I am all for looking for ways to put Kentucky on a national spotlight, such as having Kentucky to host a presidential caucus; as secretary of state, with the Board of Elections, I would be open to a discussion with the Republican Party in favor of such a change, as long as it didn’t interfere with current state elections laws.
What do you think about the idea of online voting?
As we continue to progress, and again, look for ways in modernizing Kentucky's state election process and its laws; I am in favor of, and champion the idea of such electoral reforms as online voting. Online voting could make it easier for more citizens to participate, and has the potential to be a substantive cost saver to Kentucky taxpayers. With that being said, I believe it is definitely worth looking into for Kentucky voters.