Electioneering during next week’s primary election will not be allowed within 100 feet of Kentucky polling locations. That was the message delivered by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday. In her capacity as the state’s Chief Election Official, Grimes issued a notice to the public the State Board of Elections has approved and filed an emergency administrative regulation prohibiting electioneering within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place on Election Day. The emergency administrative regulation, which is effective immediately, does not apply to private property.
The emergency administrative regulation comes on the heels of an April 28 Opinion by the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit that a Kentucky statute prohibiting electioneering within 300 feet of a polling place was unconstitutional.
“A campaign-free zone around voting locations is necessary to prevent voter intimidation and election fraud,” said Grimes. “The ruling came just weeks before Election Day, and when absentee voting was already underway, so the State Board acted quickly to exercise its authority to put in place a ban that both helps ensure our elections are free and fair and complies with the Court’s ruling. I am proud of the Board’s response and its commitment to maintaining the integrity of Kentucky’s elections.”
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