Vote for Kentucky’s Future on November 7

Kids can’t vote and they don’t give money to political candidates. That’s why it’s so important to vote for the future of Kentucky’s kids in the gubernatorial election this fall.

What's at Stake?

Today, children across Kentucky face significant challenges. From schools not setting kids up for success to a lack of mental health resources, the high cost of college, and the rising cost of nutritious foods, voters know that kids in the Commonwealth need more support. The next Governor will decide how to address these challenges.

In Kentucky, quality child care is unaffordable and inaccessible.

  • Annual costs are rising faster than inflation.
  • In Kentucky, the average cost of child care is nearly $9,000 annually per child – more than in-state tuition at many Kentucky colleges.
  • At the same time, 1 in 7 children face hunger in Kentucky. When children are hungry, they cannot focus in school, experience greater health issues, and greater likelihood of behavioral and social issues.

Prioritizing the earliest years of a child’s life – including access to quality early learning experiences and nutritious, adequate amounts of food – is vital for putting Kentucky’s kids on the right path. Policies that address the needs of children create a better future for all of us and have positive impacts across the state. Investing in children holds the key to better economic outcomes for all Kentuckians.

This election, voters have an opportunity to elect a governor who will prioritize these investments. When we invest in Kentucky’s kids, our state’s future will be brighter.

What Do the Candidates Have to Say About Kids?

Read what gubernatorial candidates Governor Andrew Beshear (D) and Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) had to say about expanding early childhood education in the Commonwealth. 

Governor Andrew Beshear (D)

In response to a July 2022 unemployment report, Governor Beshear shared the following idea for how to boost worker participation:

“We could have every four-year-old in Pre-K. We could have every Kentucky child ready for kindergarten. That would change everything, and at the same time, it’s the single fastest, single biggest thing we can do to increase our workforce. Remember when D.C. implemented it: They added 10% to their workforce immediately. I haven’t talked to a company that doesn’t believe that universal Pre-K isn’t the right way to go. It is time that we do it.”

Source: WHAS11

Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R)

In response to a SCAN staff member’s question about policies to attract early educators to Kentucky, gubernatorial candidate Dan Cameron said:

“One of the big things for us, we put up an education framework and one of the big things for us is increasing starting pay for teachers. And so, McKenzie, she taught in public schools for a number of years and just went home for our little one now at home. But so, increasing starting pay and helping with supplies as well in terms of the stipend. That is really important. I certainly want to make sure that public educators feel they have a champion involved, so it is not just themselves. Nice meeting you.”

Source:  Conversation with the candidate on 4/12/23 in Jeffersontown, KY

How to Vote?

Not registered yet? No problem! You can register online. You have until October 10 at 4pm local time to register for the general election.

You can vote early in person November 2 – 4, 2023.

The last day to vote is on Election Day – Tuesday, November 7 from 6 am – 6 pm.

More voting and polling location details are available at govoteky.com.