Kentucky voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
For the 2008 election Kentucky used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:
Optical scan machines:
State Board of Elections
- Website: http://www.elect.ky.gov/
- State Board of Elections
- 140 Walnut Street
- Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
- Phone: (502) 573-7100
- FAX: (502) 573-4369 or (502)696-1952
- Email: use the form on the website.
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
- On September 30, 2008, the Brennan Center for Justice released a comprehensive report on voter purging. Appendix A of the report, titled Kentucky Case Study, begins, "Kentucky’s 120 counties were home to a total of 2,766,288 registered voters, out of a population of 4,206,074, at the time of the November 2006 general elections. Between 2005 and 2006, 148,023 registrants were deleted from state voter lists, representing 5.4% of the registered population."
- Main article: Voter roll purges
- November 5, 2008. A northern Kentucky judge decided the county could open its voting machines and count votes made before an equipment malfunction was discovered on Election Day.
Felon voting rights
"People with misdemeanor convictions in Kentucky do not lose the right to vote. However, 53% of county clerks interviewed in 2005 responded incorrectly to the question of whether individuals with misdemeanor convictions are eligible to vote. Nearly 40% of the clerks interviewed stated that those with misdemeanor convictions are not eligible to vote; and 14% were uncertain how to answer the question. This error is particularly egregious in Kentucky which has one of the most restrictive disenfranchisement laws in the country. A felony conviction in Kentucky results in loss of the right to vote for life unless the individual is granted clemency by the governor."
- Main article: Felon disenfranchisement
State and local non-governmental election organizations
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Kentucky page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Kentucky. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Kentucky general information page, which provides information on Kentucky election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
- See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.
- Myrna Pérez, "Voter Purges," Brennan Center for Justice, September 30, 2008.
- The Kentucky Case Study is listed in contents as Appendix A, but in the appendix as Appendix 1. The appendix is online at Appendix 1: Kentucky Case Study
- AP,"Kenton County Judge Rules on Voting Machine Malfunction" Local12.com, November 5, 2008.
- Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Kentucky that helps locate Kentucky's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Kentucky Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Kentucky. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Kentucky page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Kentucky.