Secretary of State
State Board of Elections Cleans Voter Rolls for Fraud Prevention

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, June 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Director of Communications
Office of the Secretary of State
(502) 564-3490 Office
(502) 229-3803 Cell

            The State Board of Elections recently completed a “clean up” of Kentucky’s voter rolls in order to prevent fraud from occurring in future elections.  After removing over 160,000 inactive voters, Kentucky’s voter registration now stands at 2,667,079 citizens.


            Kentucky and national statutes require that voters who fall into several categories must be removed from the active voter rolls,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Chairman of the State Board of Elections.  “By appropriately maintaining the list, we prevent ineligible voters from tampering with elections.”


            Kentucky has maintained a statewide voter registration database since 1973.  The passage of the Help America Vote Act made Kentucky’s database a model for other states.  The Act requires all states to have a statewide database before 2006.


Most of those removed from the list were inactive voters as defined by the 1993 National Voter Registration Act of 1993.  Inactive voters are persons whom the state has reason to believe no longer reside at the residential address listed on their voter registration database.   There are only two ways to be on the inactive voter list: 1) a piece of mail has been returned as ‘undeliverable’ using the same address as shown on the statewide registration database; and 2) a Kentucky resident surrenders his or her driver’s license in another state.  If these voters do not vote or update their address in next two federal general elections they will be purged from the voter lists.


                  The State Board of Elections also regularly purges voters who are deceased, convicted felons, and those who are deemed mentally incompetent by a court judgment.


            “While we certainly hate to see our registration numbers decrease, most of these individuals have simply moved away to another state or have passed away.  By removing them from the active voter rolls, we prevent imposters from voting in their place,” remarked Sarah Johnson, Executive Director of the State Board of Elections.


            Any voter may check his or her registration by visiting the State Board of Election’s Voter Information Center at  The site also contains printable voter registration cards and other information regarding voter registration.


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