Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo Announces Federal District Court Remands Voter Purge Case Back to State Court

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 11, 2006  
Contact Information:  Vicki Glass, 502-696-5643 Office  

Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced that the United States District Court today sent back to state court his petition against the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  The petition relates to the Board’s purge of more than 8,000 people from the State’s voter registration database within 90 days of the primary election.

“The right to vote is our most precious liberty,” said Attorney General Stumbo.  “We all want to fight fraud, but we must also protect legitimate voters who want to have their voices heard at the polls.”

The primary election is Tuesday, May 16, 2006.  Citing the urgency of the circumstances, District Court Judge Karen Caldwell heard the Attorney General’s remand motion at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Court held that it did not have jurisdiction to take the case from state court, as requested by the Board and the Secretary of State.

The Court’s ruling means that the Attorney General’s petition on behalf of purged voters and motion for temporary injunction may now be heard by the Franklin Circuit Court.

This petition asserts that the State Board of Elections violated state law when it purged the 8,000 voters on April 10 and 11, because state law provides that such a systematic purge must be completed more than 90 days before a primary election.

The Attorney General notified the Board that it intends to bring the matter before the Franklin Circuit Court on Monday, May 15, 2006 at 10:00 a.m.