Electoral reform in Kentucky

Electoral reform in Kentucky

Electoral reform in Kentucky refers to efforts to change the voting laws in the Bluegrass State. In Kentucky, the state legislature is in charge of drawing both congressional and state legislative districts [ [http://www.fairvote.org/?page=307 Kentucky Redistricting 2000] , FairVote.] . The 1991 state legislative district plan was determined by the Supreme Court of Kentucky to be in violation of Section 33 of the Kentucky Constitution because it split an excessive number of counties in violation of the state constitutional requirement that the fewest number of counties possible be divided [ [http://www.senate.leg.state.mn.us/departments/scr/redist/redsum/kysum.htm Fischer v. State Board of Elections, 879 S.W.2d 475 (Ky. 1994)] , Kentucky Redistricting Cases: the 1990s, Legislative Research Commission, Kentucky.] . Kentucky is one of only three states the others are Florida and Virginia) that permanently disenfranchise all persons with felony convictions even after they have completed their full sentence. One out of every 17 Kentucky residents is disenfranchised [ [http://www.lwvky.org/Felony_Dis_Report.pdf Felony Disenfranchisement in Kentucky] , League of Women Voters, Kentucky, Oct. 2006.] . In 2007, HB 550 was introduced to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact [ [http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/07RS/HB550.htm HB 550 AN ACT relating to presidential elections] , Feb. 2007.] , but it died in committee. In October 2007, Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo released to the State Board of Elections and Kentucky Secretary of State a report finding serious deficiencies in Kentucky's electronic voting machines [ [http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=2600&Itemid=113 Kentucky Attorney General Releases Expert's Report to Improve Electronic Voting System Certification] , Kentucky Attorney General Press Release, Oct. 2, 2007.] . election-stub

External links

* [http://www.fairvote.org/?page=917 Fairvote Kentucky] .


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