Elections http://wfpl.org en 2014 Kentucky Primary: 26 Percent of Registered Voters Voted http://wfpl.org/post/2014-kentucky-primary-26-percent-registered-voters-voted <p>There was light voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election—just 26 percent of registered Kentucky voters cast a ballot.</p><p>That's of a record 3.1 million registered voters.</p><p>Turnout was highest in some Eastern Kentucky counties, most notably those in which the Kentucky Attorney General's office says reports of vote-buying were highest.</p><p><strong><a href="/post/4-things-could-improve-voter-turnout-kentucky">Related: 4 Things That Could Improve Voter Turnout</a></strong></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9396 at http://wfpl.org 2014 Kentucky Primary: 26 Percent of Registered Voters Voted 4 Things That Could Improve Voter Turnout in Kentucky http://wfpl.org/post/4-things-could-improve-voter-turnout-kentucky <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, Kentuckians choose the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, state legislature, and a host of local offices.</span></p><p>The victors in some of today's primaries are a foregone conclusion, perhaps. But other races—Louisville Metro Council District 9, for example—are quite competitive. Still, state election officials expect<a href="/post/dont-expect-more-30-percent-kentucky-registered-voters-vote-tuesday-grimes-says"> less than 30 percent of registered voters to show up to the polls.</a></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 18:01:53 +0000 Joseph Lord 9380 at http://wfpl.org 4 Things That Could Improve Voter Turnout in Kentucky Don't Expect More Than 30 Percent of Kentucky Registered Voters to Vote on Tuesday, Grimes Says http://wfpl.org/post/dont-expect-more-30-percent-kentucky-registered-voters-vote-tuesday-grimes-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kentucky Secretary of State Alison </span>Lundergan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Grimes says voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary elections isn’t likely to break 30 percent.</span></p><p>Earlier this week, Grimes said the lack of a presidential race and the lack of a ballot initiative on<a href="/term/local-option-sales-tax"> local option sales tax</a> will keep most voters at home on primary day. And absentee voting is lagging, too.</p> Sat, 17 May 2014 11:27:50 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9364 at http://wfpl.org Don't Expect More Than 30 Percent of Kentucky Registered Voters to Vote on Tuesday, Grimes Says Number of Kentucky Registered Voters Increases http://wfpl.org/post/number-kentucky-registered-voters-increases <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>3,105,349.</p><p>That’s the number of Kentuckians who are now registered to vote in advance of the primary on May&nbsp;20.</p><p>The number is over a two percent increase from two years ago, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office.</p><p>There are about 400 seats up for a vote this year, from judgeships to state legislators up to the hotly contested U.S. Senate reelection campaign of Mitch McConnell.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 04:00:00 +0000 Jonathan Meador 9260 at http://wfpl.org Number of Kentucky Registered Voters Increases Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-senate-oks-bill-allowing-rand-paul-run-president-and-us-senate-same-time <p>A bill that would allow U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to run for both the Senate and the Presidency of the United States passed Tuesday out of the Republican-controlled Kentucky Senate.</p><p>Senate Bill 205, sponsored by Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer, &nbsp;would allow a candidate who is running for statewide election to also run for the office of the presidency or vice presidency. It passed by a 25 to 13 vote.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:15:19 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8905 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time Choose Kentucky's Governor in Presidential Election Years? Senate Committee Says Yes. http://wfpl.org/post/choose-kentuckys-governor-presidential-election-years-senate-committee-says-yes <p>Kentucky's governor and other statewide constitutional officers would be elected in the same year as presidential elections under a bill approved Wednesday in a state Senate committee.</p><p>Without a change, statewide constitutional officers—including the secretary of state, state auditor and others—would be next up for election in 2015.&nbsp;</p><p>Under Senate Bill 55, those elections would move to 2016.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 19:42:39 +0000 Kenny Colston 4099 at http://wfpl.org Choose Kentucky's Governor in Presidential Election Years? Senate Committee Says Yes.