Kentucky Democrats file lawsuit over voter 'inactive list'

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Democratic Party contends in a new lawsuit that the State Board of Elections placed 175,000 registered voters on an "inactive list," possibly infringing on their right to vote.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Ben Self said in a statement the party determined the lawsuit was necessary to prevent "unfair burdens" on voters. Races for governor and other statewide offices are on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Jennifer Scutchfield, elections board assistant director, said it had no comment. Board Executive Director Jared Dearing said last month that no voters on the inactive list have been removed from the voter registration database. Officials have said voters on the list are eligible to vote in November.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Franklin County Circuit Court. A request for a temporary injunction will be heard Monday.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com