Kentucky candidates reflect on primary race, low voter turnout

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky residents have two weeks to get registered for the May 22 primary elections.

The deadline to get registered is Monday, April 23.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a release that the easiest way to register and update is to go to the website. County clerks' offices will accept line and paper applications until 4 p.m. on April 23. 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.

Voters who are 17 but will turn 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, as well. That includes voters who move from one county to another county.

Changes in party affiliation for the 2018 primary election were due by Dec. 31, 2017. If you missed that deadline, you may not be able to vote in the primary election, but you can still vote in the general election in November.

Voters may check their current registration status and where to vote with the Voter Information Center found at

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

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