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Attorney General Andy Beshear has announced the six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the May 22 primary election.

The counties, randomly drawn by Beshear in a publicly held drawing, include Bullitt, Jessamine, Owen, Powell, Rowan and Scott counties.

J Street

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 23, ahead of the Commonwealth's Primary Election next month.

PBS

The Kentucky State Board of Elections on Tuesday (November 22) certified vote totals from the Nov. 8 general election and issued certificates of election to candidates who received the highest number of votes, completing the official administration process of the statewide election.

Approximately 1.95 million Kentuckians, 59% percent of registered voters, cast ballots in the general election, said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official.

govoter.org

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” in advance of Kentucky’s election on Nov. 8.

“Election Day is important for the future and vitality of our Commonwealth and the nation,” said Grimes. “Voters should be prepared to help our elections run smoothly.”

DO verify your voter registration status before you head to the polls. Registration status is available at GoVoteKY.com, Kentucky’s new one-stop voter portal.

WTVQ.com

Registered voters who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 8, due to a medical emergency may now cast absentee ballots in the general election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday.

"Every eligible Kentuckian should have an equal opportunity to cast their ballot, including those who cannot physically go to the polls on Election Day. That's why absentee ballots for voters with medical emergencies are an important part of the election process," said Grimes, Kentucky's chief election official.

Beshear: AG’s Election Fraud Hotline Open

Oct 27, 2016
Usvotefoundation.org

As absentee votes are being cast and as voters prepare to head to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8, Attorney General Andy Beshear is urging Kentuckians to report any voting abnormalities to his office’s Election Fraud Hotline.

Beshear asks all Kentuckians who witness election irregularities or possible election law violations to call the Election Fraud Hotline at 800-328-VOTE or 800-328-8683.

The hotline is open throughout the year during normal business hours and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. (EST) on Election Day.

dmv.org

Voters can honor Kentucky veterans’ service by casting their ballots in their honor during the upcoming general election on Nov. 8. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentuckians to participate in her office’s "Vote in Honor of a Veteran" program.

govoter.org

Absentee voting is now under way for Kentucky's Nov. 8 general election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced last week.

"Casting a ballot in our democratic elections is a right and a responsibility," said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. "We've seen a huge uptick in registration over the last few months with nearly 20,000 Kentuckians registering to vote for the first time using our online portal at GoVoteKY.com. I hope a record number of voters will cast ballots in this general election."

PBS Newshour

Staffers to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio have fallen ill with norovirus, an extremely contagious virus. The cause of the outbreak is currently under investigation. No staffers from the Kentucky delegation have reported experiencing any symptoms of norovirus at this time.

Morehead State University

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes visited the Morehead State University campus Thursday, April 14, to hold a town hall meeting to promote the “GO VOTE Kentucky! Tour.”

Grimes will spoke with students, professors, faculty and staff about online voter registration and offered a brief tutorial in the Crager Room of the Adron Doran University Center.

Arizona Capitol Times

Democrat Jack Conway is expressing confidence heading into Tuesday’s gubernatorial election in Kentucky.

Most polls show him with a lead of about five points over Republican Matt Bevin. Conway says the polls look good but it’s important to get supporters to actually cast their ballots.

Both candidates are campaigning aggressively in the final hours of the contest. Conway spoke with CN2’s Pure Politics.

Matt Bevin is doing the same thing.

Cap Times

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes shared Kentucky’s standard-setting voter registration practices with secretaries of state from across the country at the National Association of Secretaries of State Summer Conference in Portland, Maine.

Virginia Voters Alliance

In many Kentucky counties, eligible voters may already cast absentee votes for the Kentucky’s May 19, 2015, Primary Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by in-person absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens who are absent from the county on Election Day

Military.com

Eligible voters may begin casting mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s May 19, 2015, Primary Election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens

• Students who temporarily reside outside the county

• Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)

• Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted

• Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open

County Wire

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 19 Primary Election is Monday, April 20.

County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 20.

Grimes also reminds Kentuckians of several important voting laws:

• To be eligible to vote, you must:

Be a U.S. citizen,

Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,

Voting Rights Issue Continues in Kentucky Legislature

Mar 9, 2015
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Convicted of multiple nonviolent felonies, Mike Hiser spent four years in prison. Released in 2007, he says he's paid restitution and is off parole.

Hiser says it's "un-American" that Kentucky does not automatically restore the voting rights of former felons like him.

"For us to say we live in a democracy but then to deny 250,000 people the right to vote, well, that's not democratic," says Hiser.

The House passed legislation two weeks ago, on an 86-to-12 vote, to allow Kentuckians to decide the issue. It was the ninth such vote in the last eight years.

BPB News Times

The House Committee on Constitutional Amendments has endorsed a bill that would restore the voting rights of non-violent felons after they’ve served their jail sentence or probation.

Currently, felons can only vote if the governor pardons them. Republican State Representative Mark Harmon of Danville amended the measure to call for a three-year waiting period.

Kentucky’s Secretary of State Alison Grimes is applauding the House Elections Committee for its approval of House Bill 70.

College Students Claim Voter Intimidation

Oct 31, 2014
NPR

The Kentucky Attorney General's office confirms it has received a complaint of alleged voter intimidation of college students. The Attorney General's communications director, Allison Martin, says the office is "actively reviewing the situation."

At the heart of the complaint is an anonymous, full-page ad placed in Berea Citizen newspaper. The vice president of Berea College Student Government, Jacob Burdette, says he was "shocked and disappointed" by the ad.

Fort Worth Weekly

Eligible voters in many Kentucky counties may already cast absentee votes for the November 4, 2014, General Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by in-person absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens who are absent from the county on Election Day

• Military personnel confined to a base who learn of the confinement within seven days or less of the election

Greenup County Prepares For Wet-Dry Vote

Jul 18, 2014
KPLU

After a successful petition drive, voters in the city of Russell’s three precincts will get the opportunity to decide if their town should go completely “wet.”

Greenup County Clerk Pat Heineman says the petition, which contained the required 451 names to get the issue placed on the ballot, was recently submitted to Judge-Executive Bobby Carpenter.

Heineman says the vote will be held on September 23rd and it will mark the second time in eight years that the city of 3,300 citizens has dealt with the issue of alcohol sales.

Paul Lobbies For Voting Rights

Jun 24, 2014
The Nation

U.S. Senator Rand Paul hopes to do in Washington what he hasn’t been able to do in Kentucky. 

The Bowling Green Republican is drafting a bill to restore the voting rights of some convicted felons.  Senator Paul plans to introduce federal legislation this week that would restore voting privileges to non-violent convicted felons who have completed their sentences. 

Primary Election Sees Good Turnout

May 23, 2014
Ideastream

Rowan County Clerk Jean Bailey says there were not many problems with Tuesday’s (May 20) primary election at any of the ten polling places. She says a few people registered as independents and wanted to vote, not realizing that they needed to declare a party affiliation to cast a primary ballot.

Felon Voting Rights Bill Unlikely To Pass

Mar 31, 2014
Boca Raton Tribune

A bill that would restore voting rights for thousands of Kentucky felons isn’t likely to pass this year. Kentucky lawmakers say they could not reach an agreement over different versions of the proposed legislation.

GOP Senate Floor Leader Damon Thayer previously amended the bill to include a five year waiting period and not cover felons with multiple offenses. He says passage is unlikely this year.

The bill sponsor is Jesse Crenshaw, who says Thayer is refusing to help with a compromise.

Changes To Felon Voting Rights Bill Denied By Kentucky House

Mar 6, 2014
Crossing Party Lines

The Kentucky House has rejected changes to a bill that would automatically restore voting rights to many felons.

This throws out a set of revisions from the Republican-controlled Senate that would have reduced the number of affected felons by more than half.

Bill sponsor Jesse Crenshaw implored colleagues to vote against the changes.

“The Senate committee substitute is a totally different bill. It does not accomplish what House Bill 70 was intended to accomplish.” –Jesse Crenshaw

Paul Supports Felon Voting Rights

Feb 19, 2014
Democracy Chronicles

U.S. Senator Rand Paul has thrown his support behind a state bill that would restore the voting rights of some felons.

Paul spoke before the Kentucky Senate State and Local Government Committee on Wednesday (Feb. 19). He reminded the panel of the Republican Party’s history of support for civil rights. And he noted the higher incarceration rates of African-Americans in Kentucky, where a fifth of black adults cannot vote due to a felony record.

Lawyers Say Restore Voting for Felons

Nov 4, 2013
KET

Kentucky felons who’ve served their time should have their voting rights restored and their records expunged…That recommendation is from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Ernie Lewis is legislative agent for the organization.

He says there are more than 20,000 people in state prisons now who won’t be allowed to vote when they are released…

Lewis says Kentucky has the second highest rate of disenfranchisement for African-Americans in the U.S. He says one in five African-Americans in Kentucky is ineligible to vote.