Vote Rumors

Oct 31, 2008

Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Secretary of State's office has been trying to quash some rumors related to voting in Tuesday's election. One of the most common rumors involves electioneering, or campaigning too close to a polling place. It's illegal to actively campaign within 300 feet of a polling place, but Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Les Fugate says it's not against the law to wear campaign attire to the polls, as long as it doesn't create a diversion.

Even if you are electioneering, the punishment for electioneering is not that you will lose your vote, it's that you could be prosecuted for misdemeanor. And we will not turn anyone away for electioneering, specifically if it's a button, t-shirt or cap.

Fugate says that and other rumors have been spread mostly through e-mails from misinformed or out of state sources. The Secretary of State's office has set up a website to address the rumors.