Secretary of State
Voter Registration Deadline Nears for Primary Election
(Frankfort, KY) There are several important deadlines approaching for Kentuckians this time of year. With all the talk about deadlines for the census and filing tax returns, you don’t want to overlook a deadline for the upcoming primary election. Kentuckians who wish to vote in the upcoming May 18, 2010 primary election only have a few more days to register to vote. The deadline to register for the upcoming May primary is Monday, April 19, 2010. County Clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that day.
A postmark of April 19th is also required for all mail-in voter registration applications. Registration cards can be obtained over the internet at www.vote.ky.gov/register.
“I encourage all citizens who have not already done so, to register to vote today,” stated Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “We hope to see everyone exercising their constitutional right to vote on May 18th.”
Also, minors who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the general election (November 2, 2010) are eligible to register and entitled to vote in the upcoming primary but are not eligible to vote in special elections unless they are 18 years old.
Secretary Grayson reminds voters that if they have moved recently, they need to update their voter registration so that they are allowed to vote on election day. In particular, if a voter has moved from one county to another prior to the voter registration books closing and he or she does not update his or her voter registration, that voter will not be allowed to vote in the primary election.
Grayson also noted that Kentucky has closed party primaries, which requires citizens to register as a Democrat or Republican by December 31, 2009, to be eligible to vote in that party’s May 2010 Primary. If a voter changes his or her political party registration after December 31, 2009, he or she will not be eligible to vote in the party primary of his or her newly chosen party or former party; however, he or she may vote in nonpartisan city and judicial primaries. Voters with a different political registration other than Republican or Democrat cannot vote in the Republican or Democrat party primaries but may vote in nonpartisan city and judicial primaries. All eligible and registered voters, regardless of political party registration, may vote in the November 2010 General Election or any special election.
If citizens are unsure whether they have registered to vote or uncertain as to where they will vote, they can view all of that information online through the Voter Information Center (VIC). The VIC will tell voters where they are registered to vote, the location of their polling site, and their political affiliation. It also provides links to elected representatives and driving directions from the voter’s home to his or her polling location. VIC can be accessed at www.vote.ky.gov/vic.
To obtain a list of county clerks and other voter registration sites in your area, contact the Kentucky State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100 or via the web at www.elect.ky.gov.
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