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Registered Republican and Democratic voters in Kentucky about even as primary nears


As Kentucky’s May 17 primary election approaches, the Secretary of State reports the latest breakdown of registered Republican and Democratic voters shows a nearly even split.

The new numbers reflect the 3,557,696 registered voters in Kentucky as of March 31.

Adams said Kentucky currently has 1,617,582 registered Democrats and 1,597,403 registered Republicans.

The state has 342,711 or about 10 percent of "other" voters with affiliations such as Libertarian, Green Party or Independent.

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams says Democrats are currently about 20,000 voters ahead of the Republicans.

“Basically we’re at parity between D’s and R’s. It’s roughly 45% D, 45% R, and 10% other, at this point," said Adams.

More specifically, registered voters are 45.4% Democrats and 44.9% Republicans.

Adams said the breakdown of registered voters by party doesn’t necessarily reflect the percentages that turn out to vote on Election Day.

On Primary Election Day in Kentucky, Democrats and Republicans will vote to nominate candidates for partisan elections that will be decided in November.

Adams is reminding voters an important deadline is approaching for those wanting to request a mail-in absentee ballot.

“That is May 3 at 11:59 p.m.," said Adams. "So that’s Tuesday next week.”

Rhonda Miller began as reporter and host for All Things Considered on WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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