Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Investigating Purged Voter Complaints

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, May 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that his office is seeking public records from all county clerks statewide regarding eligible voters erroneously purged by the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State.

“As anticipated, eligible voters appearing to vote in yesterday’s election found that their names had been purged,” said Attorney General Greg Stumbo. “This is why our office took immediate action to ensure that these voters would be permitted to vote.”

The open records request to all county clerks seeks copies of all supplemental precinct rosters, new voter registration cards completed by voters who were purged, voter oath cards or other protests filed by purged voters, and other records relating to the State Board of Elections’ direction to counties to purge voter names.

The purge took place on April 10th and 11th, based on a comparison of voter databases in Tennessee and South Carolina.  The Attorney General’s Office asserts that such a systematic purge must be completed more than 90 days before a primary election.

An agreed order between the Attorney General and the State Board of Elections was entered before the election, ensuring that eligible voters who had been purged were permitted to vote. The Attorney General’s suit seeking to restore the entire list of 8,105 voters whose names were purged from voter rolls is ongoing.