Training Module 1 - who can legally be on the voter rolls?

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Module 1: Who can legally be on the voter rolls?

(NOTE: for more complete learning, take the time to click the links in the text below, and review the official websites)

The County Clerk, Secretary of State, and KY Board of Elections maintain the official voter rolls.  In most cases, when people update their driver's license for address changes, etc., the voter rolls are updated.  

People should NOT be on the Kentucky voter rolls if:

  • the are not alive (seems obvious, but somehow dead people have managed to vote in the past)  
  • They are not US Citizens (some non-citizens may have government identification like a social security number, but they cannot be registered to vote legally)
  • They are not Kentucky residents (those who move away should be removed from the polls when they get a driver's license in a new state, but it does not always happen)
  • They are not of legal age (18 by November election day in KY)
  • They are convicted felons who have lost their voting rights (there is a path to restoration of rights for some felons)
  • They have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of law
  • They are "multi-voters" - for instance, college students should not be able to vote in both their home precinct AND their college address in another state

Registering to Vote: Can be done online or with a card.

  • Social Security number and date of birth are required to register. 
  • Driver's License number (or an approved alternate) is required to provide electronic record of your signature to compare to future voting documents.  If you sign a registration card in person, that signature goes on record.
  • To vote in an election in KY, you must be registered 30 days in advance of the election.
  • WARNING: Per KRS 119.025, any person who causes himself to be registered when he is not legally entitled to register, shall be subject to penalties including fines and/or a term of imprisonment not less than one (1) year nor more than (5) years.
  • Registration FAQ from the KY Board of Elections
  • Registration statistics link

Action Steps:

  1. Become familiar with the official websites linked above and voter registration laws.
  2. Make sure you and your family members are properly registered - it is easy to update online.
  3. Check the registration status of people you know who might have died, moved, or otherwise become ineligible to vote on this Board of Elections website .  It requires only a name and date of birth to search.  You may be surprised how easy it is to find someone who should not still be on the rolls - some counties have more registered voters than they have population!  Report discrepancies to the County Clerk for resolution, they will follow the legal process to remove someone.  
  4. Contact your AFEIKY coordinator with any unusual findings, or any additional information that should be in this training.

End of Module.  Thanks for learning and being engaged!

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  • John Hodgson
    published this page in Training Modules 2021-06-10 10:27:19 -0400