Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Greg Stumbo Voices Concern Regarding Voter Purge Effect on Primary Election
The Office of the Attorney General wants to ensure that the public has accurate information regarding the purge of 8,105 Kentuckians from the voter rolls, including information missing from a news release sent earlier today by the Office of Secretary of State Trey Grayson.
While the Attorney General is pleased that the Secretary of State has now recognized the need to notify voters that they have been purged, as urged by the Attorney General since May, this in no way excuses the illegality of purging voters in the first place.
Attorney General Stumbo is working to guarantee that proper safeguards are in place for voters in the 2006 general election by filing a lawsuit to reverse the Secretary of State’s systematic removal of voter names from the State Centralized Voter Registration Database in April. This purge, which matched Kentucky voter information with registration databases in the states of Tennessee and South Carolina, was not in compliance with Kentucky law.
In his news release, the Secretary of State reports, “Of the 8,105 people who were deleted in the spring…196 people showed up at the precinct and were permitted to vote in the primary election….”
In addition to the 196 now recognized to have been wrongfully purged, the report does not take into account the additional number of purged voters who walked away from the polls because they were required to spend time doing the following in order to cast their ballot:
- Prove residency
- Prove registered membership in a political party
- Sign a Supplemental Precinct Signature Roster
- Sign an “Oath of Voter” card which subjects the signatory to a possible grand jury investigation of their voter qualifications (KRS 117.245)
“According to the Secretary of State’s own numbers, the purge must have removed more than 600 eligible voters from Kentucky’s Voter Database,” Stumbo said. “Only 196 have been discovered so far due to the low turnout in the primary election. Had Kentucky law been followed, these qualified voters would not have been purged. This infringement of a fundamental Constitutional liberty requires continued close monitoring by my office and the courts.”
The Attorney General will ask the Franklin Circuit Court to enter an order reinstating all purged voters on Monday, August 21, 2006.