WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri July 15, 2011
Secretary of State Responds to Complaint about Homeless Voter Registration
By Dan Modlin
Bowling Green, KY – Secretary of State Elaine Walker is responding to a complaint about registering homeless voters. GOP Secretary of State nominee Bill Johnson has filed an ethics complaint over the practice of allowing homeless people to vote, without requiring an address. Johnson charges that the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State Walker are violating the state Constitution by registering voters without an address. However, Walker says the state is following proper procedure and federal guidelines. Furthermore, Walker says a data base system has been established that could tell if someone tried to vote more than once in Kentucky. Johnson maintains the failure to require an address, even one for a homeless shelter, could leave elections open to fraud. Johnson is running against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes in the fall election.