Secretary of State
Grayson Touts Online Services to Aid Voters before Election Day

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 26, 2006  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Director of Communications
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803
Les.Fugate@ky.gov
 


(Frankfort, KY) Kentuckians have access to multiple online services which will allow voters to prepare for the upcoming general election, an historic election with more races on the ballot than at any other time in Kentucky’s history.  Citizens can view sample ballots online, check their voter registration, and obtain driving directions to their polling location – all by visiting the online presence of the Office of the Secretary of State: www.sos.ky.gov

            “Information about the voting process should be as accessible as possible,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  “This will allow citizens to better educate themselves about the candidates and initiatives for which they will be voting on Election Day and have access to pertinent voting information for the elections process.”

            The Office of the Secretary of State worked with County Clerks across the Commonwealth as well as with election services providers, Harp Enterprises and Kentuckiana Election Services, to place as many ballots on the web as possible.  All of Kentucky counties’ sample ballots are now available online.

            The Office of the Secretary of State also offers a candidate registrar database where voters can view information about candidates that file with the Office of the Secretary of State.  Most of those candidates have their photos, email addresses, and links to their campaign websites.  The registrar database also serves as a confirmation service of official candidates along with the Office of the Secretary of State Election Security Seal Program.  

The Security Seal program, a first-in-the nation online service, is a new effort to protect voters from fraudulent campaign websites. Official candidates who have filed with the Office of the Secretary of State have the option to place an encrypted seal of the Secretary of State onto their site.  When a visitor clicks on the seal, it will redirect them to a site for official authentication.   In providing the latest in encryption services, the program delivers trust, confidence, as well as peace of mind among voters and candidates as they become secured and certified interactive online participants.  During the 2004 elections, it is estimated that 75 million Americans used the Internet to obtain political news and information, making the Internet and online campaigning a top focus and communications medium for politicians and political groups.

            Kentuckians who do not know where they are supposed to vote can find their voter information via the State Board of Elections website’s Voter Information Center (VIC).  The Voter Information Center can provide information on a particular registered voter’s polling location, party registration, and driving directions from the registered address to the polling location.  The service can now be accessed from many mobile devices.

            “It is particularly important for voters to verify the address of their polling location due to a large number of polling location changes in order to comply with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA),” noted Grayson.  “Checking this information before Election Day can reduce confusion before a citizen heads to the polls.”

            Other elections services that Kentuckians can find online include the Election Night Tally system, where citizens can access up to the minute unofficial results of the election, as well as general information about the election process in Kentucky and the Help America Vote Act.

            Citizens can access the Office of the Secretary of State website at www.sos.ky.gov.  That site also contains a link to the State Board of Elections website, www.elect.ky.gov, and the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance website, www.kref.ky.gov, where other election information is located.

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