Election Board Affirms Policy Against Posting Write-In List

Posted at 5:39 AM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 05:39:47-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Kentucky State Board of Elections has voted to reaffirm its policy of not posting lists of write-in candidates in polling places.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office issued an opinion last week saying posting a list of certified write-in candidates at polling places would not violate the state’s electioneering ban. If implemented, the rule would benefit at least six current or former teachers who are running write-in campaigns for the state legislature.

But Tuesday, the state Board of Elections opted not to change its longstanding policy. The board noted poll workers could distribute lists of certified write-in candidates to voters upon request.

Votes for write-in candidates don’t count unless candidates file a letter of intent with the county clerk or the secretary of state. The deadline is Oct. 26.