Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Protects Domestic Violence Victims' Voting Rights
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding victims that many are
eligible to participate in her office’s Address Confidentiality Program.
The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) keeps
the addresses of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault out of
publicly available voter records. Participants are also eligible to vote via
mail-in absentee ballot.
“No eligible voter should have to make the
impossible choice between his or her security and exercising the fundamental
right to vote,” said Grimes. “I’m proud that, working together with other
advocates, my office created Kentucky’s first-ever address confidentiality
program to allow people to register to vote and vote without fear for their
safety, or the safety of their children.”
To be eligible to participate, an individual must
either have a current emergency protective order or domestic violence order
under KRS Chapter 403, or be a victim of a specified offense, including
domestic violence and abuse and sex crimes, in a criminal case that is ongoing
or resulted in a conviction.
For more information about the ACP, visit www.sos.ky.gov or call
(844) 292-KACP (toll-free) or (502) 564-3490.
Calls for Victim Privacy [WBKO, 3/25/14].
launches confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence [Lexington Herald-Leader, 3/25/14].
2015 law “creates a funding mechanism to support the
confidential address protection program” maintained by the Secretary Grimes’
office. [Gov. Beshear Press Release, 4/1/15].