Regional
3:19 pm
Thu April 22, 2004

Appeals Court Refuses to Strike Down Electioneering Ban

Louisville, KY – A Federal Appeals court has refused to reconsider its
decision to strike down Kentucky's 500 foot electioneering
ban. The result could be that voters will face uncontrolled
electioneering at the polls for the upcoming May primary.

Secretary of State Trey Grayson says he was disappointed
by the decision by the Sixth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in
Cincinnati. Grayson warns that without extraordinary legal
action, there will be no limits on electioneering for the
May 18th primary.

Kentucky passed the 500 foot ban in 1988 to help fight
vote fraud. However, a three judge Federal Appeals Court
panel ruled in January that the ban was an unconstitutional
restriction of free speech.