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Ethics complaint filed over homeless voting

Republican secretary of state nominee Bill Johnson has filed an ethics complaint over allowing homeless people to vote without requiring an address.

Johnson contends in the complaint filed Thursday that Secretary of State Elaine Walker and the State Board of Elections are violating the state constitution by registering voters without an address, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The board says voting applications should be approved if they have "homeless" or "place to place" listed as the address.

Chris Kellogg, a spokeswoman in Walker's office, said Walker was traveling in southwestern Kentucky and had not seen the complaint.

Johnson said homeless people should have to list an address, even if it is a shelter. Otherwise, he said, elections could be open to fraud.

Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign said she agrees with the Board of Elections that homeless people should be allowed to vote if they meet the state qualifications and list where they reside each night.

--- Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,

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