SBE site providing incorrect voting locations for a special election

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For a while, we told people that their one stop shop for voting information was GoVoteKY.com. This link actually takes you to https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govoteky, the voter information portal for the State Board of Elections. It’s a great site, with LOTS of features and great information.

Unfortunately, for next Tuesday’s special election, some of this information is inaccurate.

The system returns incorrect locations

The basic problem is that the main database that powers the site has not been updated with voting information for the special election. For example, when Democratic candidate Mae Suramek put in her own information, here’s where the system told her to vote:

Screenshot of voting information taken by Mae Suramek

Madison Southern HS is where Ms. Suramek always votes, in every election – EXCEPT this one. For the special election, voters must visit the Madison County Clerk’s Office for an early vote and the Russel Acton Folk Center to vote on Election Day. If they’re going to high school, they’ll need to find the right information and then take the time to get to the right place.

The correct locations are in a spreadsheet

So you’re in high school, and there’s no voting there. You remember the GoVoteKY.com website, so you decide to check it on your phone.

Right there, in the main menu, is a link for “Voting Places”. You say to yourself “Great! And click on the link. Where is this taking you? It asks if you want to download a polling station spreadsheet – to your phone.

Some people know enough about spreadsheets and cell phones to be able to make them work. But many, many voters would drop out at that point and go home without voting.

Two solutions to this problem

We contacted the State Board of Elections before writing this story, but have not heard back. So here are two possible solutions to get the right info for next Tuesday.

  • Use IWillVote.com. This national site has some of the same functionality as the GoVoteKY site, AND it also appears to have the correct polling stations (for the ones we verified).
  • Use this resource on Forward Kentucky. We took the spreadsheet and remade it as a webpage, so it should be more usable on your phone.

Hopefully many, many people vote in this special election – and hope they find the right place to vote.

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