Secretary of States launches program to shield addresses of domestic violence and sexual assualt victims

03/25/2014 11:19 AM

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes this week launched a program to keep addresses of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault out of publicly-available voter records.

Grimes’ office filed the regulations to administer the program Monday and announced it was beginning Tuesday morning. The program is the result of House Bill 222, sponsored by Rep. Joni Jenkins, D-Louisville, and 18 other representatives. It was unanimously approved by the General Assembly in 2013.

Those eligible for the program must have taken out an Emergency Protective Order or Domestic Protective Order or are victims of a specified offense (domestic violence and abuse, stalking, a sex crime, or a crime against a minor victim) in an ongoing criminal case or a case that resulted in a conviction.

To get their addresses scrubbed from the voter rolls — and replaced with the Secretary of State Office address — must file an application available online at http://www.sos.ky.gov. Hard copies are available from the Secretary of State and county clerk’s offices around the commonwealth.

“Yesterday, my office filed emergency administrative regulations meaning today thousands of individuals across the Commonwealth of Kentucky can begin to be a part of this program,” said Grimes.

The program will be administered by the Secretary of State’s Office. It costs nothing to apply or participate.

“Victims of domestic violence have for all too long been fearful of registering to vote or updating their registration for fear that the person that they stood across from in the courtroom will be able to find them or their loved ones,” said Grimes.

If an applicant meets the requirements for the program, the Secretary of State will certify that person as a program participant.

A participant is allowed to vote via mail-in absentee ballot. In order to receive full benefit of the Address Confidentiality Program, a participant should vote via mail-in absentee ballot.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity that this program presents to insure that the fairness and integrity of our elections and make sure no individual has to make decision between their security and safety and exercising their fundamental right to vote,” said Grimes.

In addition to the web site, Individuals interested in more information can call
1-844-292-KACP.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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