Preserving Voting Rights in Kentucky

The promotion of the myth of widespread ballot fraud has given voter-suppression efforts greater traction in multiple states, including Kentucky. We’re investigating the state’s election administration amid the coronavirus pandemic as well as the actions and motives of the state’s Ballot Integrity Task Force.
Lawsuit filed Sept. 22, 2020

On Sept. 22, American Oversight sued Kentucky’s Office of the Attorney General for policy documents, agendas, meeting minutes, or similar records from the state’s Ballot Integrity Task Force, as well as Attorney General Cameron’s related communications.

Misinformation about the risks of voting by mail and about the purported prevalence of extensive voter fraud have threatened to discourage democratic participation across the country, including in Kentucky. American Oversight is investigating the state’s election administration, including the development and implementation of mail-in ballot provisions, the potential influence of voting-restriction activists and groups, and Kentucky’s “Ballot Integrity Task Force,” which is among a slew of such groups that appear to be more about promoting false narratives about widespread voter fraud than protecting voters’ access to the ballot. 

After Kentucky’s 2019 gubernatorial election, activists connected to defeated incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin held a new conference where they made easily debunked allegations about voter fraud, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. The Ballot Integrity Task Force, announced on May 28, 2020, is co-chaired by Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams and Attorney General Daniel Cameron. In the press release announcing the task force, Cameron implied that the increased reliance on mail-in ballots because of the Covid-19 pandemic made the upcoming primary election more vulnerable to “election law violations,” echoing false claims often made by President Donald Trump. 

American Oversight has submitted open records requests in Kentucky for a variety of relevant election-related documents and communications. We’ve already received some records in response, including a production containing emails about the deployment of mail-in absentee ballots during the primary. In September, we sued through counsel Strobo Barkley PLLC for information about the Ballot Integrity Task Force and for Cameron’s related communications.  

 

Related Documents

October 15, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky Attorney General Seeking Communications with Prominent Voting-Restriction Activists

Kentucky Attorney General
FOIA Request
October 14, 2020

Records Request Seeking Communications by Kentucky Attorney General Regarding Voting by Mail

Kentucky Attorney General
FOIA Request
October 1, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Seeking Ballot Integrity Task Force Emails

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
October 1, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Seeking August 2020 Emails

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
September 23, 2020

No Records Response from Kentucky State Board of Elections Concerning Ballot Integrity Task Force

Kentucky State Board of Elections
Agency Reply
September 23, 2020

No Records Response from Kentucky State Board of Elections About Ballot Integrity Task Force Communications

Kentucky State Board of Elections
Agency Reply
September 22, 2020

Complaint: American Oversight v. Kentucky Office of the Attorney General – Ballot Integrity Task Force Records

Kentucky Attorney General
Litigation
September 22, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky State Board of Elections for Records Concerning Ballot Integrity Task Force

Kentucky State Board of Elections
FOIA Request
September 22, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky State Board of Elections for Communications Regarding Ballot Integrity Task Force

Kentucky State Board of Elections
FOIA Request
September 14, 2020

No Records Response from Kentucky State Board of Elections Regarding Absentee Ballot Integrity Task Force Communications

Kentucky State Board of Elections
Agency Reply
September 9, 2020

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Records Regarding Absentee Ballot Integrity Task Force Communications

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
Agency Record
September 3, 2020

Rejection from Ky. Homeland Security Regarding Absentee Ballot Integrity Task Force Meeting Records

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
Agency Reply
September 1, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Seeking Absentee Ballot Integrity Task Force Meeting Records

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
September 1, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky State Board of Elections Seeking Absentee Ballot Integrity Task Force Meeting Records

Kentucky State Board of Elections
FOIA Request
September 1, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky Department of Military Affairs Seeking Absentee Ballot Integrity Task Force Meeting Records

Kentucky Department of Military Affairs
FOIA Request
September 1, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Seeking Absentee Ballot Integrity Task Force Communications

Kentucky Office of Homeland Security
FOIA Request
September 1, 2020

Records Request to Kentucky Department of Military Affairs Seeking Absentee Ballot Integrity Task Force Communications

Kentucky Department of Military Affairs
FOIA Request
July 31, 2020

No Records Response from the Kentucky Secretary of State Regarding Cares Act Funding for Elections

Kentucky Secretary of State
Agency Reply
July 30, 2020

Ky. Secretary of State Regarding Ballot Integrity Task Force

Kentucky Secretary of State
Agency Record
July 30, 2020

Rejection from Kentucky Attorney General for Communications About Ballot Integrity Force

Kentucky Attorney General
Agency Reply
July 22, 2020

Request to the Ky. Secretary of State Seeking Records Regarding CARES Act Funding for Elections

Kentucky Secretary of State
FOIA Request
July 20, 2020

Open Records Requests to Ky. Secretary of State for Ballot Integrity Task Force Records

Kentucky Secretary of State
FOIA Request
July 20, 2020

Open Records Requests to Ky. Attorney General for Ballot Integrity Task Force Records

Kentucky Attorney General
FOIA Request
July 20, 2020

Open Records Requests to Ky. Secretary of State for Communications About the Ballot Integrity Task Force

Kentucky Secretary of State
FOIA Request
July 20, 2020

Open Records Requests to Kentucky Attorney General for Communications About Ballot Integrity Task Force

Kentucky Attorney General
FOIA Request
May 27, 2020

No Records Response from the Kentucky State Board of Elections Regarding Members’ Communications Concerning Vote by Mail and Covid-19

Kentucky State Board of Elections
Agency Reply
May 22, 2020

Kentucky Secretary of State Communications Regarding Vote By Mail Due to Covid-19

Kentucky Secretary of State
Agency Record
April 23, 2020

Open Records Request to the Kentucky State Board of Elections for Communications Regarding Vote by Mail Considerations Due to COVID-19

Kentucky State Board of Elections
FOIA Request
April 23, 2020

Open Records Request to the Kentucky Secretary of State for Communications Regarding Vote by Mail Considerations Due to COVID-19

Kentucky Secretary of State
FOIA Request