Politics & Government

Kentucky poll workers can provide voters a list of write-in candidates, Beshear says


Kentucky election officers may provide voters a list of certified write-in candidates, Attorney General Andy Beshear said Thursday in a legal opinion.

The state law that prohibits electioneering at the polls does not prohibit distributing a list of write-in candidates if a voter requests instructions on how to cast a write-in vote, the opinion said in response to a question by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Eight people are running as write-in candidates for the state legislature this fall — two in the Senate and six in the House.

Beshear noted that the state legislature has empowered the state Board of Elections “to remove any doubt as to whether certain actions qualify as ‘electioneering,’ and the board may wish to do so here.”

Under current law, write-in candidates must declare with the secretary of state or county clerk by the fourth Friday in October in order for their votes to be counted.

Grimes’ spokesman Bradford Queen said the secretary of state is reviewing the opinion and is expected to present it to the elections board next Tuesday.