Secretary of State
Primary Turnout Data Now Available

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 10, 2006  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Director of Communications
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803

(Frankfort, KY)  The State Board of Elections announced today that primary turnout data for the May primary election is now available on its website at  Statewide turnout was 31.4% for primary election, slightly less than the 35% turnout that had been predicted.

 The State Board of Elections also documented additional data related to the recent multi-state database match pilot project.  Of the 8,105 people who were deleted in the spring because they had a more recent voter registration in Tennessee or South Carolina, 196 people showed up at the precinct and were permitted to vote in the primary election under existing state law that safeguards the right to vote upon proof of voter eligibility. 

 The results of the primary election illustrate that the Secretary of State’s and the State Board of Elections’ efforts are successfully ensuring that Kentucky maintains an accurate voter roll while safeguarding an eligible voter’s right to vote.

 The safeguards, which are part of current state law, will also be in place for the 2006 general election.

 The State Board of Elections has also taken steps to ensure that all voters associated with the pilot project have the opportunity to re-register to vote.  On August 9, 2006, the State Board of Elections sent a postcard to the people who were deleted in the spring to notify them that they may register to vote by mailing a new registration card to their county clerk before October 11, 2006, to be registered to vote in the November general election. 

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