Kentucky courts issue tens of thousands of domestic violence and emergency protective orders every year. And according to the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey
, as of 2010, nearly half of all Kentucky women and 1 in 5 Kentucky men have experienced sexual violence.
Secretary Grimes believes that no eligible voter should be discouraged from voting out of fear for his or her safety, or the safety of his or her children. But because voter records are generally available to the public, many victims do not register to vote because they fear the perpetrators of the crimes against them would be able to determine their addresses, compromising their security.
Now, thanks to the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), these individuals no longer have to make the impossible choice between their safety and exercising the fundamental right to vote.
Two categories of people are eligible to participate in the ACP:
- Those who have a current emergency protective order or domestic violence order under KRS Chapter 403, and
- Victims of a specified offense, including domestic violence and abuse, stalking, a sex crime, or a crime against a minor victim) in an ongoing criminal case or a criminal case that resulted in a conviction.
To become a participant, the eligible individual (or someone authorized on his or her behalf) must complete the ACP Application. Hard copies are available from the Secretary of State and county clerks' offices, as well as through authorized assistance agencies. Applications must be submitted to the Secretary of State's office.
If you are certified, you will be allowed to vote via mail-in absentee ballot, and your name and address will not be included on any publicly available voter records.
Certification lasts for two years, unless it is cancelled or the participant withdraws before the expiration date. Certification can be renewed before the expiration date.
Please review the ACP Brochure and frequently asked questions for more details about this important program. Research resources are also available through this website.
All forms for the ACP program are available here, or you can contact the Secretary of State's office to have copies emailed or mailed to you, or if you have any questions:
- Phone: (844) 292-KACP (toll-free)
- Fax: (502) 564-5687
- Email: KACP@ky.gov
- Mail: Address Confidentiality Program
c/o Office of the Secretary of State
Michelle Starkweather, Program Coordinator
700 Capital Ave., Ste. 152
Frankfort, KY 40601