Three weeks before Kentucky’s May primary election, a court ruling Tuesday means the state no longer has a ban on electioneering near polling places. The ruling by the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld, in full, an October ruling by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky that declared unconstitutional a state law that bans electioneering within 300 feet of polling places. Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s office said it was reviewing the latest ruling. Conway has said a buffer zone from electioneering is an important safeguard against abuse.
As the state’s chief election official, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said she “will continue to work closely with law enforcement officials to ensure that Kentucky’s laws that prevent voter intimidation and harassment are enforced and Kentucky’s elections remain free and fair.”
“It is now up to the General Assembly to introduce and pass a legislative fix.”