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Election and registration information

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Kentucky used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines without a paper trail:

Optical scan machines:

Governmental election authorities

State Board of Elections

Contact information:

  • State Board of Elections
  • 140 Walnut Street
  • Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
  • Phone: (502) 573-7100
  • FAX: (502) 573-4369 or (502)696-1952

Locate your county clerk

Election threats

  • For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.[1]
  • On September 30, 2008, the Brennan Center for Justice released a comprehensive report on voter purging[2]. Appendix A[3] of the report, titled Kentucky Case Study, begins, "Kentucky’s 120 counties were home to a total of 2,766,288 registered voters, out of a population of 4,206,074, at the time of the November 2006 general elections. Between 2005 and 2006, 148,023 registrants were deleted from state voter lists, representing 5.4% of the registered population."
Main article: Voter roll purges
  • November 5, 2008. A northern Kentucky judge decided the county could open its voting machines and count votes made before an equipment malfunction was discovered on Election Day.[4]

Felon voting rights

Quoting from an October, 2008 report[5] on "de facto disenfranchisement" (summary)(download PDF) co-published by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU:

"People with misdemeanor convictions in Kentucky do not lose the right to vote. However, 53% of county clerks interviewed in 2005 responded incorrectly to the question of whether individuals with misdemeanor convictions are eligible to vote. Nearly 40% of the clerks interviewed stated that those with misdemeanor convictions are not eligible to vote; and 14% were uncertain how to answer the question. This error is particularly egregious in Kentucky which has one of the most restrictive disenfranchisement laws in the country. A felony conviction in Kentucky results in loss of the right to vote for life unless the individual is granted clemency by the governor."

Main article: Felon disenfranchisement

State and local non-governmental election organizations

Articles and resources

See also

Election law


  1. See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.
  2. Myrna Pérez, "Voter Purges," Brennan Center for Justice, September 30, 2008.
  3. The Kentucky Case Study is listed in contents as Appendix A, but in the appendix as Appendix 1. The appendix is online at Appendix 1: Kentucky Case Study
  4. AP,"Kenton County Judge Rules on Voting Machine Malfunction", November 5, 2008.
  5. Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.

External resources

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Election Protection hotlines

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Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

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