Kentucky Updating Voter Rolls

By Richard Nelson

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July 6, 2018

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Kentucky has out of date voter rolls.  This means that the rolls of registered voters contain the names of the deceased and people who've moved out of state. So the State Board of Elections is sending out verification cards to some 600,000 registered voters. According to the Secretary of State’s office, the cards will be mailed to people who haven't voted in the past four years. Any cards that are returned with "wrong address" or "return to sender" will be purged from the list.  Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins calls it a "blind purge." Updating lists of eligible voters in Kentucky is important because out of date lists open the door to voter fraud. And if the results of any election comes into question, it undermines the trust and legitimacy of our entire democratic republic.

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