Voter Purge Begins on Kentucky Roll

Published 7:30 am Friday, February 25, 2022

FRANKFORT – Secretary of State Michael Adams announced on Wednesday his office has begun the process to remove hundreds of thousands of inactive voters from Kentucky’s rolls.

He is asking registered voters to be sure and check their mailboxes for postcards sent by the State Board of Elections. As required by federal and state law, election officials are issuing that correspondence to the nearly 400,000 voters who are on the state’s inactive voter list, to verify the voters’ information and to facilitate the removal process for those registered voters who have moved out-of-state.

“We’ve diligently removed over 100,000 dead voters from our rolls; now we’re addressing live voters who have moved,” Adams said. “These postcards help us identify voters who moved out-of-state but did not de-register. If you receive a postcard, please respond promptly.”

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Since 2018, prior to Secretary Adams beginning his term of office, Kentucky has been under a federal court consent decree, requiring it to conduct regular voter registration list maintenance practices, including the issuance of sending postcards to those who are on the inactive voter list, which is the first step in the removal process.

You can register to vote, and check your registration, by going to https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/.

The deadline to register to vote is April 18 in order to participate in Kentucky’s primary election, which is scheduled for May 17.