LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Democrats are planning on
sending "challengers" to voting locations at precincts throughout
the state this year as a way to ensure the vote isn't suppressed.
Democrats are also planning to track whether registered voters
have cast ballots and use that information to try to get them to
the polls during the Nov. 6 election.
Under state law, political parties may field challengers to
contest whether a prospective voter is properly registered, is a
felon or has properly identified himself or herself. Parties are
also allowed to record voters' names.
Robert Keller, a Kentucky Democratic Party spokesman, said the
challengers are going to be at polls acting as observers and
note-takers and won't challenge a voters' eligibility. Keller said
he did not know how many precincts in the state would be targeted.
Steve Robertson, Kentucky GOP chairman, said Republicans are not
fielding election challengers this year. Still, the GOP may contest
some of the Democratic challengers because their addresses might
not match up with voter rolls, Roberts said.
According to state law, a challenger must be registered in the
county where they're positioned.
Jack Richardson IV, the Jefferson County Republican chairman,
said Democrats were operating under a double standard. Richardson
was criticized in 2003 after he dispatched GOP challengers to parts
of Louisville in an effort to monitor suspected vote fraud.
"I wonder if the (American Civil Liberties Union) will file
suit against them?" Richardson said, referring to a failed ACLU
lawsuit aimed at blocking the Republican challengers.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,
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