Judge Rules Polling Buffer 'Unconstitutional'
Earlier this month, a federal judge in Kentucky ruled a state law that established a 300-foot buffer zone around polling places to be unconstitutional. The ruling, however, won’t affect the November 4th election because an appeals court issued a stay while the Attorney General Jack Conway appeals the ruling. Allison Martin is Communications Director for the AG’s office.
“The law was enacted for a reason,” Martin said. “And that was to stop chaos around the polls. To prevent voter intimidation that could take place. To prevent any nefarious activity that may be occurring around a polling place.”
Martins said the appeals court ruled electioneering can occur on private property, even if the property is within the 300-foot zone.
“The only change that the judge allowed to remain in effect was that if you have private property you can have a sign in your yard if you’re within that 300 foot boundary, like if you’re across the street from a school or church that is used as a polling place, you can still have a sign in your yard.”
State law still applies to public property.
The case was brought by a northern Kentucky businessman who protested having campaign signs removed from his business, which located across the highway from a polling place.