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Thirty-four Counties in Kentucky to Use New Voting Equipment PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson   
October 14, 2008
Voters in thirty-four counties across Kentucky will vote for the first time during a general election on new digital scan voting systems.  The system provides a voter verified paper record, something Secretary of State Trey Grayson has encouraged counties to consider when they adopt voting systems.

“This new equipment is user-friendly and provides voters with a very important tool in today’s elections—a voter verified paper record,” said Secretary of State Trey Grayson.  “I applaud the County Clerks and Fiscal Courts in these counties for taking the lead in moving to these systems.”

Seven counties first used the new systems during the May primary election and the reviews from voters, precinct officials, and county clerks alike were outstanding.

The equipment, called eScans, is a precinct-based voting system that digitally captures voter selections on printed ballots and integrates vote totals from absentee-by-mail and electronic voting systems to produce a single set of election reports.  In fact, over 90 counties in Kentucky already use the machines for absentee balloting.  The new systems should help reduce the time for unofficial vote totals to be tabulated on election night.
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Secretary of State Calls for Urgent Attention to Kentucky Voting Laws PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson Medi Release   
May 19, 2008
Secretary of State Trey Grayson announced today that his office and the Kentucky State Board of Elections has reason to believe that some campaigns and outside groups plan to use "poll watchers" on election day.

"Poll watchers" are representatives of a campaign or outside group who enter polling locations to determine who has already voted by looking at the precinct roster or talking to poll workers.  The campaign or group then uses that information to call supporters who have not yet shown up to vote.  This practice is used in many states around the country, but in Kentucky it is illegal.

"We have rarely seen an attempt in Kentucky to track voters at the polls using poll watchers, but this issue has risen several times this year," stated Secretary Grayson, Kentucky's Chief Election Official.  "I am hopeful that members of the media will help us spread this message so that campaigns and other active voting groups will know that election tactics such as these are prohibited in the Commonwealth."
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May 20 Snapshot: Kentucky and Oregon PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Sean Flaherty, Verified Voting Foundation   
May 19, 2008
Oregon and Kentucky are both moving in the direction of both paper ballots and post-election audits. The two states make an interesting contrast at this stage.  All of Oregon's votes will be cast on voter-marked paper ballots, but the state's new post-election audit law affects general elections only, so the May 20 primary election will not be audited. In Kentucky, most of the votes will be cast on paperless electronic machines, but the state requires a post-election audit of 3-5% of the ballots cast in elections. 

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Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Greyson has urged counties to consider choosing paper ballot voting systems, and in 2007 state Attorney General Gregory Stumbo issued a report on the security of the Hart, Diebold/Premier, and ES&S equipment. A number of  counties have switched to paper ballot voting systems as the primary system, using the Hart eScan. The Hart eSlate DRE will be used in these counties' polling places for accessibility.  Jefferson County, the largest in the state, uses Premier/Diebold optical scanners with the TS touch screen DRE for accessibility.  In all, almost 700,000 voters, about 25% of the  over 2.8 million registered voters in Kentucky, live in counties where paper ballot scanners are the primary voting system. 

5 counties, with approximately 50,000 voters total, use the ES&S iVotronic as the sole system.  18 counties, with over 240,000 voters, use the Microvote 464 for the primary system, and the iVotronic for accessibility. Fayette and Monroe counties, with about 180,000 voters, use the Hart eSlate as the only polling-place system.  The remainder of the state's counties, with between 55% and 60% of the voters, use the paperless Danaher Shouptronic as the primary system, and the Hart eSlate for accessibility.  Kentucky does not offer no-excuse absentee voting.

Oregon

Oregon is well known for its statewide Vote by Mail system.  According to the Secretary of State's office, an "extraordinarily high" number of voters have changed party affiliation for the primary, resulting in a number of voters receiving two ballots, one for the voter's previous party registration, and one reflecting the voter's new registration. The May 18 Oregonian reported that the double mailing affected approximately 33,500 voters.  Voters had until April 29 to switch party affiliation for the primary. The primary is closed to non-affiliated voters; major parties may choose to allow non-affiliated voters, though neither the Democrats nor the Republicans do so at this time.

Oregon has recently implemented a one-of-a-kind system for serving voters with disabilities, an Alternative Ballot Format that allows voters who cannot mark a printed ballot to use a computer station to "mark, print, verify, and cast a ballot using a personal computer, scanner, and printer."  Each county election office will have two computer stations to serve voters who do not have access to a personal computer, including one portable station that can be taken to the voter if the voter is unable to leave home. 
Grayson Issues Warning to Kentucky Citizens about Voter Registration Effort PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson   
May 12, 2008
Secretary of State Trey Grayson issued a warning to Kentucky citizens that his office has learned that a voting group has sent thousands of potentially confusing mailings to women across Kentucky asking them to register to vote.  These mailings could cause confusion for Kentuckians because the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May primary has already passed.  According to the group, “Women’s Voices. Women Vote.” (WVWV), the voter registration mailings were part of a larger nationwide mailing. Grayson encouraged voters to still consider registering to vote so that they will be eligible for the fall general election, but wanted to make sure that citizens understood that any new registrants registering after the April 21st deadline will not be able to vote in the May primary.

“I appreciate Women’s Voices Women Vote letting us know about this possibly confusing situation for Kentucky voters,” stated Secretary Grayson.  “It is important to stress that citizens can still register to vote for the November general election, but they will not be eligible to vote and in the upcoming primary.”

Page Gardner, President of WVWV, stated in her letter that:
“…Kentucky residents will receive this mail after the deadline for registering to vote to participate in the upcoming primary election.  Please be aware that the mailing is not intended to encourage registration specifically for the primary, but simply to encourage voter registration in general.  The mailing clearly indicates that the deadline to register to vote by mail for a particular election in Kentucky is 29 days before the election … We hope that this unfortunate coincidence in timing does not lead to any confusion or aggravation for either your state’s voters or registrars.”
Grayson had previously noted at a March press conference that many third-party registration groups are in Kentucky now and are trying to register voters.  He stated that there have been some complaints to the State Board of Elections about some of these voter registration efforts.  While most voter registration efforts are very helpful, they sometimes can confuse voters.
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Secretary of State and Attorney General Agree on Paper-based Voting for Kentucky PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kentucky Secretary of State Press Release   
October 03, 2007

Download the Kentucky Report

 

Secretary of State Trey Grayson, chair of the State Board of Elections and Kentucky’s Chief Elections Official, received a report today commissioned by Attorney General Greg Stumbo that, among other things, encourages Kentucky to move to optical scan voting machines as Grayson has advocated.

“I appreciate General Stumbo’s willingness to work with the State Board of Elections to further strengthen our election laws and procedures.  This effort marks a continuation of our offices’ efforts to work together in a non-partisan way to root out election fraud in the Commonwealth,” remarked Grayson. “We will review this report and act accordingly to ensure that Kentucky election procedures remain a national model for other states to follow.”

The Office of the Attorney General requested that Mr. Jeremy Epstein, a voting systems expert, issue a report to further strengthen voting systems in Kentucky.  Mr. Epstein was granted permission by the State Board of Elections to attend the voting systems examiners meeting on September 17, 2007 where many of Kentucky’s current voting systems were examined.  

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Kentucky Attorney General Releases Expert's Report to Improve Electronic Voting System Certification PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kentucky Attorney General Press Release   
October 02, 2007

Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo today released to the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State Trey Grayson an independent expert report detailing needed improvements to Kentucky's electronic voting system certifications. (Click here to view letter to Secretary Grayson.)

The independent expert found serious deficiencies in recent voting system testing and certification procedures conducted on Monday, September 17, 2007. The State Board of Elections approved the certifications on Tuesday, September 18, 2007, without awaiting the expert's report. (Click here to view the report.)

"Kentucky still fails to conduct meaningful, in-depth testing of these critical voting systems," Stumbo said. "My office has given specific step-by-step instructions for improving testing procedures. Enhanced protections are needed immediately to safeguard our democratic process."

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Attorney General Issues Investigative Report on Kentucky's Electronic Voting Systems PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kentucky Attorney General Press Release   
September 18, 2007

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today presented his investigative report to the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State Trey Grayson calling for improved testing and security upgrades for Kentucky’s electronic voting systems.

The report’s key findings include the following:

  • Cooperation between state officials is essential to restore public confidence in voting systems.
  • Kentucky’s electronic voting systems suffer from serious security vulnerabilities, according to independent researchers in Florida and California.
  • Kentucky’s testing and certification process provides no meaningful security review.
  • Jefferson County’s unauthorized use of non-certified voting machines resulted from failed state oversight.

Click here to view the investigative report.

 

Click here to view the investigative report appendices.

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Kentucky: Attorney General's Electronic Voting Machine Investigation Yields Early Results PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Kentucky Attorney General Press Release   
August 29, 2007

Follow-up: Voting Scanners Getting Overhaul

 

Attorney General Greg Stumbo today announced that his office’s recently launched investigation into electronic voting machine irregularities has yielded a surprising result – Jefferson County voters have been using an uncertified voting system, apparently for at least the last three elections.

The troubling admission was made by the voting system’s manufacturer, Diebold Election Systems, (now “Premier Election Solutions”), in a letter to the Jefferson County Clerk.

 

“Investigative demands from my office required Diebold to prove that it complied with all certification procedures,” Stumbo said. “Much to everyone’s surprise, the records proved that the voting device was not certified at all. Obviously, we will ensure that this breakdown in the system is identified and eliminated. It’s our job to ensure lawful and reliable elections.”

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Kentucky: Grayson Advocates Verifiable Voting Systems PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
November 29, 2006
State Should Consider Paper Ballot System

Addressing a panel of state legislators on Tuesday, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson endorsed a requirement for a voter verified paper record  of votes cast on electronic voting machines. According the Associated Press, there was general bi-partisan support for the proposal, with several Democratic lawmakers expressed support for the Republican Secretary of State's ideas, saying they have serious concerns about voter turnout and election security.

"We need to have the voters trust that when they go in to vote that the person for whom they voted, their vote will be recorded that way," Grayson said. "And that they accept the outcome."

Most counties in Kentucky use both Danaher Shouptronic 1242 and Hart Intercivic eSlate voting machines, though the state’s largest county, Jefferson, uses a paper ballot optical scan system. Many legislators criticized the eSlate in particular echoing reports from across the country about difficulties encountered with Hart’s touchscreen machine. House Speaker Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, has said that new eSlate voting machines in place across the state may stifle voter turnout by causing lengthy lines.
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Kentucky: Battle Rages Over Voter Purge PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
August 13, 2006

Assistant Attorney General Robert Jones contended in Franklin Circuit Court that Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson (pictured at right) was unauthorized to purge about 8,000 people from the state's voter registration database earlier this year. In the latest installment in an ongoing battle over the state’s voter registration database, Jones argued that Grayson needed authority from the State Board of Elections to purge the voters. The dispute stems from the purging of names from voter rolls in April.

In an April 24 press release, Grayson cited a recent episode of the fictional program West Wing in which a presidential election was temporarily in doubt due to concern of voter fraud based on citizens voting in multiple states, in part, because those states could not share voter registration data with each other. Grayson went on to announce that Kentucky was one of four initial states to take proactive steps to prevent such fraud. Working initially with South Carolina and Tennessee, Grayson was able to determine that no voters registered in multiple states actually voted in Kentucky and another state. However, he was quick to add that this was “not slowing down Kentucky’s efforts to continue this cleaning of the registration rolls.”

The voter purge was immediately challenged by the Attorney General Greg Stumbo (pictured at left). “The right to vote is our most precious liberty,” said Stumbo in a May 11 press release.  “We all want to fight fraud, but we must also protect legitimate voters who want to have their voices heard at the polls.” The Attorney General asserted that such a systematic purge must be completed more than 90 days before a primary election. The State Board of Elections and the Secretary of State agreed to a compromise in which an eligible voter whose name was purged could prove his or her residency, sign an oath and be permitted to vote.

On August 10, the Secretary of State reported that of the 8,105 people who were deleted in the spring because they had a more recent voter registration in Tennessee or South Carolina, 196 people showed up at the precinct and were permitted to vote in the primary. Shortly after the Secretary of State’s announcement, the Attorney General responded with a his own press release in which he acknowledged that “the Secretary of State has now recognized the need to notify voters that they have been purged,” but went on to note “this in no way excuses the illegality of purging voters in the first place.”

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