Homeless Voting Controversy

By: Caitlin Coffey Email
By: Caitlin Coffey Email

A United State citizenship, a social security number, and an address are just a few things people are required to produce when registering to vote.

But what about homeless people?

An ethics complaint has been filed by Republican Secretary of State nominee, Bill Johnson, saying that Secretary of State Elaine Walker and the State Board of Elections are violating the State constitution by registering homeless voters without an address.

Secretary of State Elaine Walker says constitutionally Kentucky cannot deny people of their right to register to vote, even if they are homeless.

She says the amount of homeless people registering is actually low.

"In Grayson County, the clerk told me in her time of office she had only registered 8 people, and of those 8 people only one person voted," Walker says.

However, many people are worried about voter fraud.

"There has been no record of fraudulent voting from homeless registering to vote," she states.

Walker says most voter fraud comes from absentee voting.

Secretary of State says the bigger issue is actually getting people who have registered to the polls on election day.

"During the primary elections 89.7 percent of the people registered did not vote," she admits.

Walker adds allowing homeless people to register is not a new law but has been in the law books for decades.

For more information on voting regulations visit the link listed below.


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