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Controversial Bonus for MSD Director, Hearing Set for Indiana Secretary of State, Faster Electronic Processing for EPOs, Voter Registration Deadline Tomorrow: Afternoon Review

 

    • Victims of domestic violence will now receive Emergency Protection Orders (EPOs) more quickly in Jefferson County by using a new electronic process.

 

    • A November 23rd hearing date has been set for arguments on whether Indiana’s Secretary of State should remain in office. Charlie White is accused of illegally using his ex-wife’s address on a voter registration form when he declared his candidacy. He contends that was his primary residence at the time.

 

  • The Kentucky secretary of state is predicting low turnout for the general election, but state officials are still encouraging residents to register to vote before the deadline expires Tuesday. During the May primary, voter turnout was an abysmal 10 percent and many expect a similar result due to the wide margin in the governor’s race.
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Johnson Files Ethics Complaint Over Homeless Voters

After denouncing the State Board of Elections for telling county clerks to approve voter registration cards that have “homeless” listed under the address, Republican Secretary of State candidate Bill Johnson has filed an ethics complaint Thursday against the panel and Secretary of State Elaine Walker.

Last week, the Todd County businessman called on Walker to resign and has made the issue of homeless voters a centerpiece of his campaign against Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who supports the right of the homeless to list “place-to-place” under the address portion of the application.

Johnson says he is concerned about possible voter fraud and claims the board is violating the state constitution for instructing clerks to approve those registrations.

From the Herald-Leader:

“The homeless, like all Americans, have the right to vote,” Johnson said in his complaint. “However, to exercise that right to vote, all persons must register using the voter registration form and meet residency and precinct requirements.”

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Republican, Independent Registrations Surge in Kentucky

from Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

The sizable gap between registered Republicans and Democrats in Kentucky is narrowing, but voter registration numbers in general are down.

When the May 18th primary rolls around, Kentucky will have two-point-eight million registered voters, down slightly from the record set during the 2008 presidential election. And Les Fugate of the Secretary of State’s office says Republicans are gaining ground on Democrats.

“We still have the Democrats with a two-to-one registration advantage in Kentucky,” says Fugate. “However, for the first time ever, Republicans and independents have set a new record for their percentage of the voter registration population.”

Democrats outnumber Republicans 57-percent to 37-percent. Six-percent of voters are independents, or “Others.”

Fifty-three percent of Kentucky voters are women and 47-percent are men. The voter registration books are now closed for the upcoming primary.