Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Protects Domestic Violence Victims' Voting Rights

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 01, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839
Email: lynn.zellen@ky.gov
 


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.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

Grimes Calls for Victim Privacy [WBKO, 3/25/14].

 

Grimes 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].

 

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