Special Commission on Election Reform records
- Special Commission on Election Reform records
- 1987-1989 (inclusive)
- 1.25 Cubic Feet
- Campaign funds -- Kentucky
- Election law -- Kentucky.
- Elections -- Corrupt practices.
- Public policy and politics
- Collection is arranged chronologically.
- Preferred Citation
- 1997ms182: [identification of item], Special Commission on Election Reform records, 1987-1989, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
- University of Kentucky
- Biography / History
- On December 2, 1987, the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission created the Special Commission on Election Reform, in response to a series of articles in the Courier-Journal detailing the widespread practice of vote buying, illegal cash contributions, and nepotism in state and local elections. The Special Commission's purpose was to identify, research, and propose legislative solutions to voting fraud and increased campaign spending. The Commission was composed of state officials and civic leaders including Mary Alice Roberts, who participated on behalf of the League of Women Voters. Three subcommittees focused on enforcement, campaign financing, and the conduct of elections. In 1988, the Commission's proposals were passed by the Senate, only to be rejected by the House. After further deliberation, the House narrowly passed an altered form of the Senate's legislation. The House-approved bill, SB 268, eliminated provisions on voter education and reduced limitations on appointing officials who had given money to elected candidates, among other changes. The Special Commission submitted its final report in December 1988.
- Scope and Content
- The Special Commission on Election Reform records (dated 1987-1989; 1.25 cubic feet; 3 boxes) consist of meeting and subject files retained by Commission member Mary Alice Roberts documenting the development of legislation to reduce vote buying and to limit campaign spending in Kentucky elections. Meeting files include meeting minutes, reports, and other agenda items. There are also subject files containing proposed legislation, newspaper clippings, and voting statistics and various other research materials for review by Commission members.
Restrictions on Access and Use
- Conditions Governing Access
- Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
- Use Restrictions
- The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Contents of the Collection
Meeting, full commission, 1987 December 3
- Box 1, folder 1-2
Meeting, Conduct of Elections subcommittee, 1987 December 11
- Box 1, folder 3
Communications, 1987 November-December
- Box 1, folder 4
Voting information, 1987
- Box 1, folder 5
Materials for review, 1988 January 4
- Box 1, folder 6
Meeting, full commission, 1988 January 8
- Box 1, folder 7
Materials for review, 1988 January 18
- Box 1, folder 8
Meeting, Conduct of Elections subcommittee, 1988 January 25
- Box 1, folder 9
Materials for review, 1988 January 25-26
- Box 1, folder 10
Meeting, full commission, 1988 February 19
- Box 1, folder 11
Congressional materials for review, 1988 February 29
- Box 2, folder 1
Materials for review, 1988 May 24
- Box 2, folder 2
Proposed legislative bill results, 1988 June 3
- Box 2, folder 3
Meeting, Conduct of Elections subcommittee, 1988 October 11
- Box 2, folder 4
Meeting, full commission, 1988 October 11
- Box 2, folder 5
Public hearing, 1988 November 21
- Box 2, folder 6
Public hearing, 1988 November 29
- Box 2, folder 7
Final report, 1988 December 31
- Box 2, folder 8
Newspaper clippings, 1987-1989
- Box 2, folder 9
- Box 3, folder 1
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