Secretary of State
Primary Voter Registration Figures are Set, Registration Record Broken
(Frankfort, KY) – More Kentuckians are registered to vote than ever before in Kentucky, according to figures released by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the Kentucky State Board of Elections. In total, 2,795,013 citizens will appear on Kentucky’s voter rolls for the May 22nd primary election. That compares to the previous record, set in the 2004 general election, which totaled 2,794,286. There were 2,766,288 citizens registered to vote in the 2006 general election and 2,709,959 in the 2006 primary.
“These figures are indicative of the diligent work of the State Board of Elections and County Clerks to ensure a fair and honest election while maximizing the number of registered voters in the Commonwealth. Because of their efforts, Kentucky has one of the best voter registration databases in the country,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “It is my hope that this increase in registrations will encourage voters to turnout on Election Day.”
The registration totals are a net increase of 28,725 voters from those who were registered to vote in the 2006 general election, increasing the voter rolls by 1.04%.
Registration figures continued to show little change in the percentage of male and female voters with females representing nearly 53% of the registration population and males representing 47%. In terms of party registration, Democrats, Republicans, and “others” increased their number of registered voters by 0.81%, 1.15%, and 2.39% since November of 2006, respectively. Democrats increased their voters by 12,818 to 1,591,091. Republicans increased their voters by 11,674 to 1,022,860. “Others” increased their voters by 4,233 to 181,062.
Republicans and “others” also increased their percentages of the Kentucky voter rolls as they now comprise 36.60% and 6.48% of Kentucky voters, respectively. That is an increase of .05% and .09% respectively, since the general election. Democrats saw their percentage decrease from 57.05% in the November election to 56.93% for the upcoming election, a decrease of 0.12%.
Compared to the 2003 primary registration figures, there has been a net increase of 112,016 in total voters, or 4.18%; 8,559 in democratic voters, or 0.54%; 95,332 in republican voters, or 10.28%, and 8,126 “other” voters, or 4.70%.
Secretary Grayson noted that the election’s focus now shifts to getting people to the polls on Election Day. “Now that the registration books are closed, we must work diligently to see that every registered Kentuckian votes in the May 22, 2007 primary.”
Grayson encouraged citizens to utilize the Voter Information Center (VIC) on the State Board of Election’s website to confirm their voter registration, determine whether they are eligible to vote in the primary, and to locate their polling place. For complete registration statistics and additional election information or to access the VIC, please visit www.elect.ky.gov.
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