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Kentuckians urged to register to vote before deadline

Apr 16, 2018

Credit J Street

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 23, ahead of the Commonwealth's Primary Election next month.

"We've made it easy to register to vote in Kentucky with GoVoteKY.com, and we are extremely proud of the portal's success. As of today, more than half a million people have used GoVoteKY.com to register, check or update their registration, or use the other voter tools," said Grimes. "I hope every Kentuckian who is not registered but is eligible will save time and go online to GoVoteKY.com to get registered before next week's deadline."

County clerks' offices throughout Kentucky will accept online and paper applications until 4 p.m. local time on the deadline. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 23.

To be eligible to vote, Kentuckians must:

•Be a U.S. citizen.

•Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election Day.

•Be at least 18 years old on or before the General Election.

•Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights.

•Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent.”

•Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

Kentuckians who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the Nov. 6, 2018 General Election are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary.

Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 23, 2018. Pursuant to Kentucky law, voters who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.

Changes in party affiliation for the 2018 Primary Election were due by Dec. 31, 2017. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after Dec. 31, 2017, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election.

Voters may check their current registration status and where they vote with the Voter Information Center found at http://GoVoteKY.com

For questions, contact your county clerk or the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100.

(provided by Secretary of State for Kentucky)