Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Challenges State Board of Elections and Secretary of State on Number of Eligible Voters Purged

Press Release Date:  Monday, September 18, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today showed in court documents that the number of voters illegally purged in last May’s primary election is far greater than the number admitted to by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the Kentucky Board of Elections.

In a supplemental memorandum (283KB PDF) filed today in Franklin Circuit Court, Attorney General Stumbo argues that the Secretary of State’s Office has taken no action to determine the actual number of eligible voters purged. In previous court filings, the Secretary of State identified 196 purged voters who were allowed to vote in the May primary election. This number fails to identify at least 63 additional people purged from the voter rolls, according to records obtained from County Clerks across the state. The actual number of wrongfully purged voters may be many hundreds more than is currently known, Stumbo argued.

Additionally, there is no indication that the Secretary of State and Board of Elections have taken steps to identify how many other eligible voters were purged, even though this could be easily accomplished by reviewing their voter history.

“We are concerned that hundreds of eligible voters were purged from the voter roles, and the Secretary of State and Board of Elections have failed to correct this action,” said Attorney General Stumbo. “I will protect eligible voters from any denial of their fundamental right to cast a ballot.”

The pending case is a civil action filed pursuant to the Attorney General’s authority under KRS 15.243 to enforce all election laws. This case arises from the action by the State Board of Elections which purged 8,105 people from the State’s voter database, without notice to the voters, within 90 days of the primary election scheduled for May 16, 2006, in violation of KRS 116.112.

“People were wrongly disenfranchised by the Secretary of State and the State Board of Elections,” Stumbo says. “Voter rights have been harmed and additional voters are at risk of being harmed because the democratic process is not being conducted in a manner consistent with state law.”