Secretary of State
Grayson Encourages Kentuckians to Get the Facts, Announces Election Rumor Control Webpage

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 26, 2010  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803
Les.Fugate@ky.gov
 


(Frankfort, KY)  Secretary of State Trey Grayson reminded voters of a page on the vote.ky.gov website that debunks common election rumors, which have been swirling around the country during this election cycle.  Grayson is encouraging citizens to “Get the Facts!” by checking out the Election Rumor Control Webpage at www.vote.ky.gov/rumorcontrol.

            “Election offices across the country are being inundated with rumors that are needlessly confusing voters,” stated Secretary Grayson.  “We wanted to have this site available so that concerned citizens can easily access information and get the facts about voting in Kentucky.”

            Grayson encouraged citizens to contact his office or the Kentucky State Board of Elections if there are any additional rumors that are not addressed by the site.  The site will be updated to reflect any new information.

            Attached is a list of the rumors and corresponding answers that can be found on the site.

            Voters who need basic voting information can visit www.vote.ky.gov.  There, voters can access the Voter Information Center which can determine whether a citizen is registered to vote, where his or her polling site is located, and even obtain driving directions to the polls.

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Rumor: A voter will be turned away if he or she is wearing campaign apparel.
FACT:
While electioneering, such as campaigning or soliciting votes, is prohibited within 300 feet of the polls, the wearing of campaign apparel such as hats, buttons, or shirts will not prevent a voter from voting.

Rumor: If a voter's house is under foreclosure, he or she will not be able to vote.
FACT: A foreclosure notice does not necessarily mean that a person no longer resides in the home, as people often remain in the home after foreclosure begins and are sometimes able to refinance the home. Voters whose homes have been foreclosed but who remain in their homes may continue to vote in their assigned precinct.  If a voter has moved, he or she needs to be registered at his or her new address.  If the voter did not update his or her address before the voter registration deadline and has moved within the county, the voter will be able to vote at the precinct of his or her new residence. If the voter moved to another county after the voter registration deadline, he or she is allowed to go back to the old county of residence and vote in this election only.

Rumor: Provisional ballots are only counted when there is a close race.
FACT: A provisional ballot is always counted when the voter is shown to be registered and eligible, regardless of the closeness of the outcome of the election.

Rumor: Absentee ballots are only counted when there is a close race.
FACT: All absentee ballots are counted if properly executed.

Rumor: If a voter owes child support or has pending warrants against him or her, the police will arrest the voter at the polls.
FACT: Kentucky’s constitution states that voters cannot be arrested while voting, on their way to vote, or returning from their vote except in the cases of a violation of election laws and breach of surety of the peace.  The voter registration rolls at the polls have no indicators whether a voter owes child support or has outstanding warrants against him or her. Outstanding arrest warrants, traffic offenses, unpaid parking tickets, or unpaid child support do not impact a voter's eligibility to vote. 

Rumor: A voter can take part in nationwide efforts to video election day voting experiences at the polling location.
FACT: While citizens are encouraged to participate in legal efforts such as previous initiatives by YouTube and PBS to Video Your Vote, Kentucky law prohibits the use of recording equipment at the polls.  Voters are encouraged to participate in the program outside of the 300 feet electioneering-free zone around the polls.

Rumor: If a college student registers to vote at the student's college address, the student's parents will not be able to claim the student as a dependent for tax purposes.
FACT: Registering to vote in Kentucky alone will not jeopardize a parent's ability to claim a student as a dependent for tax purposes.

Rumor: Poll workers are not allowed to assist a voter if there is a problem in casting a ballot.
FACT: Voters who ask for voting assistance due to physical disability, blindness, or an inability to read English may request voting assistance at the polls on election day. Physical disability and blindness are the only two reasons a voter may apply to the county board of elections for permanent voting assistance. A voter may receive assistance from someone of his or her choice or the two election officers at the polls. A voter may not be assisted by his or her employer, the employer's agent, a union officer, or agent of that voter's union. A voter may also request instructions on how to use the voting machine or ask other procedural questions of the precinct election officials assigned to the precinct on election day.

Rumor: A voter can go to any polling place in the State, vote a provisional ballot, and have his or her vote counted.
FACT: If a voter does not vote at the polling place where he or she resides, his or her provisional ballot will not be counted. According to state law, a voter is required to cast a ballot in the precinct in which he or she resides.

Rumor: In order to vote in the General Election, a voter had to have voted in the Primary Election in May.
FACT: Kentucky has no requirement for voters to vote in one election in order to be eligible to vote in another.

Rumor:  If a voter leaves a race unvoted, it will cancel his or her votes in the other races.
FACT:  A voter may choose to not vote in any particular race without it affecting his or her votes in other races.