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Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson was in Owen County Thursday. After a hard day’s work from the time he unhooked his pickup from his travel trailer at Kentucky Horse Park, to loading up the yard signs, to asking for votes and endorsements from the home of Paul Smith in south Owen County to the enterprises along Owenton’s Seminary Street, Johnson spoke that evening at the very first event sponsored by Pro-Israel Voters for Bill Johnson.
Speaking to the newly-formed group at the Smith House Restaurant, besides the signature Johnson issue of biblical borders for Israel, Johnson stated his other conservative bona-fides: absolute opposition to abortion, absolute support for the second amendment gun rights, and removing restrictions on drilling for oil and mining coal so America can once again be energy-independent. Johnson also supports federal marriage amendment to establish marriage as between one man and one woman only, a strong military; trade agreements only when they are fair to Americans; and elimination of the Federal Department of Education because Johnson said American education had gone downhill ever since the Federal Education Department was made a cabinet position under Jimmy Carter. Johnson emphatically stated his opposition to the Obamacare health plan, which he said we need an attorney general to challenge in court.
Current Attorney General Jack Conway, according to Johnson, refuses to join the states fighting Obamacare in the court based on the law’s violation of the United States Constitution.
Asked by one of his supporters about the differences between himself and his opponent, Johnson stated three issues about which they differ that bear directly on how they would do the job of Kentucky’s Secretary of State.
First, Johnson stated he believes that to vote a person must have a definite address. This could be a shelter, but if there is no definite location or precinct, a homeless person can be dragged from one voting place to another, as often happens in big cities.
Second, Johnson does not believe that violent felons have earned their right to vote because they served out their sentence. Johnson asked, how can you say that a murderer has paid his debt to society? He may have been punished, but the person he killed is still dead. Johnson said it is not too much to ask that the felon at least shows he has turned from a life of violent crime and let the governor determine if voting rights should be restored based on post-release conduct. That is the way the law stands now, and Johnson said that’s the way it should remain.
Third, Johnson would require presentation of a photo ID at the polls in order to vote. His opponent calls this a poll tax to prevent poor people from voting, saying that poor people cannot afford a photo ID. But Johnson says this is a false argument. The equipment is already in place to make photo IDs at every location which issues driver’s licenses. It only costs pennies to the state to make each photo ID, and if people want an ID to be used just for voting when they have no other photo ID, the state could make such a photo ID free of charge at cost to taxpayers. The real reason for opposing photo ID at the poll is it would make it harder for organizations like Acorn, which has perpetrated widespread vote fraud to be able to steal elections.
Johnson says that keeping elections fair and honest is the No. 1 responsibility of the secretary of state.
Johnson also said he would travel Kentucky encouraging the schools to place more emphasis on civics education, so school children will understand how the American form of government is supposed to work.
As to his own background, Johnson said he graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in electrical engineering. He was with the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program during his military service. Johnson worked 13 years in private businesses, and recently has been teaching math to students who had difficulty learning in the traditional classroom.
By contrast, Johnson’s opponent has been nothing but a lawyer. Johnson ended by saying that to win, we must all show up and vote.