2014 Kentucky Revised Statutes
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117.255 Instruction of voters -- Assistance and certification of voters
requiring assistance -- Manner of voting -- Report of violations.
The voter shall be instructed by the officers of election, with the aid of the
instruction cards and the model, in the use of the machine, if the voter so
Except for those voters who have been certified as requiring assistance on a
permanent basis, no voter shall be permitted to receive any assistance in
voting at the polls unless he makes and signs an oath that, because of
blindness, other physical disability, or an inability to read English, he is unable
to vote without assistance. The oath shall be upon a voter assistance form
prescribed by the State Board of Elections. Any person assisting a voter shall
complete the voter assistance form.
Upon making and filing the oath with the precinct clerk, the voter requiring
assistance shall retire to the voting machine or ballot completion area with the
precinct judges, and one (1) of the judges shall, in the presence of the other
judge and the voter, operate the machine or complete the ballot as the voter
directs. A voter requiring assistance in voting may, if he prefers, be assisted by
a person of his own choice who is not an election officer, except that the voter's
employer, an agent of the voter's employer, or an officer or agent of the voter's
union shall not assist a voter.
The precinct election clerk shall swear a person assisting a voter in voting to
operate the voting machine or complete the ballot in accordance with the
directions of the voter, and the person sworn shall enter the voting booth or
ballot completion area and operate the machine or complete the ballot for the
voter as the voter directs.
A voter who requires voting assistance on a permanent basis because of
blindness or other physical disability may apply to the county board of elections
for certification. Application may be made when registering to vote or
completing the voter assistance form by indicating that the reason for obtaining
assistance is permanent. The county board of elections shall determine
whether the applicant requires assistance on a permanent basis. The county
board of elections shall notify the county clerk of persons certified as requiring
permanent voting assistance and the county clerk shall enter the certification
on the voter's registration record. The State Board of Elections shall indicate on
the precinct roster of voters those voters who are certified to receive assistance
permanently without signing the voter assistance form at the precinct.
"Voting booth" or "ballot completion area" means an area in which a voter
casts his vote or completes his ballot which is designed to insure the secrecy of
the vote. No voter shall be assisted under this subsection unless the judges
and the sheriff of election are satisfied of the truth of the facts stated in the
oath. The voter shall state in his oath the specific reason that requires him to
No voter shall be permitted to occupy the voting machine more than two (2)
minutes if other voters are waiting to use it, except that those voters who
because of a disability need extra time to cast a ballot shall be given a
reasonable amount of time to vote.
In primary elections, before a voter is permitted to use the voting machine, a
judge of the election shall adjust the machine so that the voter will only be able
to vote for the persons for whom the voter is qualified to vote.
(9) If the machine is so constructed as to require adjustment after one person has
voted before another person may vote, the judges of election shall adjust it
after each person has voted.
(10) The election officers shall constantly maintain a watch in order to prevent any
person from voting more than once.
(11) If supplemental paper ballots have been approved, as provided in KRS
118.215, the voter shall vote his ballot in privacy in a booth provided for that
purpose by the county clerk. If the voter spoils his ballot, he shall return the
spoiled paper ballot to an election official who shall stamp the ballot "Spoiled,"
initial and place the spoiled ballot in an envelope provided for that purpose.
The voter shall be issued a second supplemental paper ballot. Upon
completion of voting, the voter shall remove the numbered stub from the ballot,
hand the stub to an election official and deposit the voted ballot in the locked
ballot box in the presence of precinct election officials.
(12) The election sheriff shall be responsible for reporting violations of this section.
Effective:April 5, 2007
History: Amended 2007 Ky. Acts ch. 133, sec. 1, effective April 5, 2007. -Amended 1998 Ky. Acts ch. 243, sec. 11, effective April 1, 1998. -- Amended
1996 Ky. Acts ch. 270, sec. 1, effective July 15, 1996. -- Amended 1994 Ky.
Acts ch. 394, sec. 17, effective July 15, 1994; and ch. 405, sec. 15, effective
July 15, 1994. -- Amended 1990 Ky. Acts ch. 48, sec. 28, effective July 13,
1990. -- Amended 1988 Ky. Acts ch. 341, sec. 32, effective July 15, 1988. -Amended 1986 Ky. Acts ch. 287, sec. 9, effective July 15, 1986; and ch. 470,
sec. 14, effective July 15, 1986. -- Amended 1982 Ky. Acts ch. 360, sec. 40,
effective July 15, 1982. -- Amended 1976 (1st Extra. Sess.) Ky. Acts ch. 1,
sec. 8, effective March 19, 1977. -- Created 1974 Ky. Acts ch. 130, sec. 39,
effective June 21, 1974.
CHAPTER 117 - REGULATION OF ELECTIONS
117.255 Instruction of voters -- Assistance and certification of voters requiring assistance -- Manner of voting -- Report of violations.
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