Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is commending a decision this week from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to change its policy regarding voter registration drives at its hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities. Earlier this year, the department had issued a directive disallowing such drives.
Grayson’s spokesperson, Les Fugate, says that’s because requests for the drives were overwhelming at some sites and some organizations were taking advantage of vets.
“They were trying to avoid the politics there on the VA campuses,” says Fugate. “And sometimes there are voter registration groups that pretend to be very non-partisan, but in actuality can be quite partisan when they show up.”
Grayson and 19 of his colleagues asked the department this summer to change its policy. This week they learned a new directive was issued, allowing voter registration drives only conducted by non-partisan groups.