UPDATE: 100,000 dead voters now off rolls, more to come
Over 125,000 ineligible registrants removed in two years; more to come
UPDATE (2/25/22) – Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced Kentucky has removed more than 104,000 deceased voters in the first two years of his term of office. In January, 5,514 dead voters were removed, while 3,736 new voters were added.
“My administration takes election integrity seriously,” said Adams. “I inherited wildly inflated voter rolls when I was sworn in two years ago, but today, Kentuckians can be confident in our election process.”
According to Adams, 3,736 voters were added in January, while 6,434 were removed – 5,514 deceased voters, 558 voters convicted of felonies, 304 who moved out of state, 37 who voluntarily de-registered, and 21 adjudged mentally incompetent.
Democratic registration accounts for 45.6 percent of the electorate, or 1,622,858 voters. Democratic registration declined by 3,416 in January, a 0.21 percent decrease. According to Adams, Republican registrants make up 44.8 percent, with 1,592,026 voters. Republican registration increased by 153 voters, a .01 percent increase. There were 340,131 voters registered outside the two major parties, 9.6 percent of the electorate. “Other” registrations increased by 575 voters, a 0.17 percent increase.
Adams is also asking voters to check their mailboxes for postcards sent by the State Board of Elections. As required by federal and state law, election officials are issuing correspondence to the nearly 400,000 voters on the state’s inactive voter list, to verify voters’ information and to facilitate the removal process for voters who moved out-of-state.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Secretary of State Michael Adams asks registered voters to check their mailboxes for postcards sent by the State Board of Elections. As required by federal and state law, election officials are issuing correspondence to the nearly 400,000 voters on the state’s inactive voter list, to verify voters’ information and to facilitate the removal process for 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,” said Adams. “These postcards help us identify voters who moved out-of-state but did not de-register. If you receive a postcard, please respond promptly.”
Since 2018, prior to Secretary Adams’ 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 correspondence to the inactive voter list.