More Kentucky Voters Are Registered Than Ever Before (But Low Turnout Still Expected in Primary)

May 5, 2015

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A record number of Kentuckians are registered to vote just ahead of the primary election on May 19, the secretary of state’s office announced Monday.

Despite this, voter turnout in this year’s primary is still expected to be low, with estimates ranging from 15 percent down to the single digits.

Kentucky has 3,175,905 voters registered, up from 3,147,157 in the November general election last year—the state’s previous record for voters registered.

“I am excited to see that more and more Kentuckians are registering to vote, and I hope these newly registered voters will exercise their right and responsibility to vote in the primary election,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who presides over elections in the state.

A little over 2.9 million people are registered as Republicans or Democrats, meaning they can vote in this month’s primary—which will decide which candidates end up on the November ballot for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and other statewide offices.

Democrats continue to dominate the voter registration cards—53 percent of registered voters are Democrats, 39 percent are Republicans and 8 percent identify as “other.”

And women register to vote more than men in Kentucky—47 percent of those registered to vote are men.

Grimes urged all eligible voters to cast ballots in the primary.

“There are various methods for registered Kentuckians to vote, including going to the polls on May 19, voting in county clerks’ offices before Election Day, or casting a mail-in absentee ballot, so I urge all Kentuckians to know their options and make their voices heard,” she said.

Grimes is running for re-election as secretary of state. She will be facing political newcomer Charles Lovett, of Louisville, in the Democratic primary.