Kentucky Cuts Number Of Polling Stations By 95% Ahead Of Primary

Artivia Tahir

There are concerns of voter suppression in Kentucky as the state closes majority of polling stations

Ahead of the upcoming primary election, Kentucky has cut the number of polling stations by 95 percent across the state, according to The Independent.

  • Kentucky lawmakers have argued that the move along with ballot problems and voter confusion would suppress turnout, particularly given the current coronavirus pandemic.
  • State officials issued a bipartisan statement “condemning US District Court Judge Charles Simpson’s ruling against a case that argued having just one polling site in most of the state’s 120 counties would result in voter suppression.” It read:

“We believe the judge disregarded evidence from our expert witness that one location will suppress the vote, particularly among African Americans.”

  • Reports have also shown that voters throughout Kentucky have received inaccurate absentee ballots, which many requested to limit their exposure at polling stations during the pandemic.
  • In a typical voting year there are approximately 3700 polling stations in Kentucky, whereas this election will only have 200. Voting rights expert Ari Berman disclosed in a tweet that “There will be one polling place for 616,000 registered voters in Louisville’s Jefferson County, where half the state's black voters live.”
  • There are also concerns that large turnout will result in an “angry mob” and long lines that will contribute to greater voter confusion.

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