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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 19 Primary Election is Monday, April 20.
County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 20.
Grimes, in a news release on the secretary of state's website, also reminds Kentuckians of several important voting laws:
• To be eligible to vote, you must:
o Be a U.S. citizen,
o Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,
o Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election,
o Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights,
o Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent,” and
o Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.
• Minors who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the General Election on Nov. 3, 2015, are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary; however, they are not eligible to vote in special elections until they are 18 years old.
• Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 20, 2015. Pursuant to KRS 116.025(6), individuals 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 2015 Primary Election were due by Dec. 31, 2014. 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 May Primary ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after Dec. 31, 2014, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election.
• Under Secretary Grimes’ Address Confidentiality Program, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can register and update their registration while keeping their names and addresses out of publicly available voter records.
“The future of Kentucky depends on all eligible voters participating in the process,” Grimes said. “Registering to vote is the first step in being a part of the 2015 elections, and I hope that as many Kentuckians as are able will make their voices heard.”
You can check your current registration status on the Voter Information Center, https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp. To obtain a registration card or for more information about registering to vote, visit www.elect.ky.gov or contact your county clerk or the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100. To learn more about the Address Confidentiality Program, visit www.sos.ky.gov.
APRIL 14, 2015
By Catrina Vargo
Louisa, KY -- As of April 1, 2015, two new specialty license plates are available in the state of Kentucky. The "Donate Life" plate is part of the Circuit Court Clerk's program, 'Trust for Life,' promoting organ donation and raising awareness of this important cause.
The other plate represents wildlife, depicting a fish, but not just any fish. The fish pictured on this license plate is the world record smallmouth bass, caught in south central Kentucky's Dale Hollow Lake in 1955. Proceeds from the sale of this plate will help fund wildlife education and conservation summer camps.
According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, KY offers over 100 specialty plates, most of which promote a special cause. When a specialty plate is purchased, $10 is donated to the cause it represents.
County Court Clerk Chris Jobe said the plates are a great way to promote and support an organization you are interested in.
For more information, call 606-638-4108.
April 9, 2015
Voting starts for May Primary election...
Eligible voters may begin casting mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s May 19, 2015, Primary Election. Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:
· Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens
· Students who temporarily reside outside the county
· Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)
· Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted
· Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open
· Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness
· Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program
Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email. Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the clerk’s office by no later than May 12, 2015, and the completed absentee ballot must be received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.
“Voting is both a right and a responsibility,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “I hope as many of Kentucky’s voters as possible will make their voices heard in our Primary Election.”
Pursuant to a new law championed by Grimes, the identities of absentee voters will not be disclosed until after the election. In the past, absentee ballot applications were subject to open records requests, making absentee voters particularly susceptible to attempts to purchase their votes.
“Voters should not be subject to undue influence or intimidation in casting an absentee ballot,” said Grimes. “I’m proud to stand up for our voters and the integrity of our elections.”
Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote in person prior to Election Day. In-person absentee voting will begin in all counties no later than 12 working days prior to the election, although county boards of elections may permit in-person absentee voting to start earlier. In-person absentee voting is conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours on voting machines similar to those used on Election Day.
Persons with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or the State Board of Elections. Additional information is also available at www.elect.ky.gov. For details about the Address Confidentiality Program, please visit www.sos.ky.gov.
Lynn Zellen, Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes