Ky. voter registration is on the rise, Primary turnout expected to be low

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 5:21 PM

Kentucky has hit an all-time high in the number of registered voters -- 3.1 million people. The uptick has been fueled mostly by a surge in Republican voters.

Since Barack Obama's re-election in 2012:
·         Republicans have registered an additional 44,852 voters in Kentucky
·         Independent and third party registration is up by 16,530 voters
·         Democrats added only 6,811 voters.

Democrats still hold a 15 point advantage over Republicans in party registration -- 53 percent to 38 percent.

But that's down from the Democrats' 21 point margin (57-36) just six years ago.

Despite the large increase in registered voters, voter turnout for the May 20 Primary election is estimated to be low.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” in advance.

“Kentucky is at its best when every voice is heard,” said Grimes. “I hope this information will help voters avoid surprises on Election Day.”

·         DO verify your voter registration status before you head to the polls. Registration status is available through the Voter Information Center (VIC).

·         DO know where you vote. You can find the address of and driving directions to your polling location through VIC.

·         DO know the most convenient times to vote. Polls tend to be busiest during the morning and evening rush hours and at lunchtime.

·         DO bring appropriate identification to your polling location. You must either be known by a precinct officer or produce a driver’s license, social security card, credit card, or other form of identification that contains both a picture and signature in order to cast a ballot.

·         DON’T wait until the last minute to head to the polls or be discouraged by long lines. Remember, as long as you are in line by 6 p.m. local time on May 20th, you will be allowed to cast your ballot.

·         DON’T campaign or solicit votes within 300 feet of a polling place. Electioneering in the immediate area around a polling place is illegal in Kentucky.

·         DON’T record the identity of voters in the voting room, including through the use of cameras and cell phones.

·         DO ask a poll worker for instructions on how to use the voting machine or other procedural questions if you are confused about the voting process.

·         DO let officials know immediately if you encounter any problems at the polls. You can address issues with your precinct election officers, the county clerk, the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100, or the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE.

·         DON’T forget to thank your poll workers. This election would not be possible without them, and they deserve our appreciation.

·         DO remind your friends and family to vote. Our democratic society is at its best when all eligible voters’ voices are heard at the polls.

·         DON’T forget that you can obtain election results by visiting www.elect.ky.gov.

For additional election information, visit the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ky.gov, follow @kysecofstate on Twitter, and like Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State on Facebook.
 

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