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Politics
8:00 am
Wed May 21, 2014

2014 Kentucky Primary: 26 Percent of Registered Voters Voted

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There was light voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election—just 26 percent of registered Kentucky voters cast a ballot.

That's of a record 3.1 million registered voters.

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.

Related: 4 Things That Could Improve Voter Turnout

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Local News
2:01 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

4 Things That Could Improve Voter Turnout in Kentucky

Voters at Jeffersontown High School in 2012.
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Today, Kentuckians choose the Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate, state legislature, and a host of local offices.

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 less than 30 percent of registered voters to show up to the polls.

Could anything be done to improve those numbers?

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Local News
7:27 am
Sat May 17, 2014

Don't Expect More Than 30 Percent of Kentucky Registered Voters to Vote on Tuesday, Grimes Says

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary elections isn’t likely to break 30 percent.

Earlier this week, Grimes said the lack of a presidential race and the lack of a ballot initiative on local option sales tax will keep most voters at home on primary day. And absentee voting is lagging, too.

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Local News
12:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Number of Kentucky Registered Voters Increases

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  3,105,349.

That’s the number of Kentuckians who are now registered to vote in advance of the primary on May 20.

The number is over a two percent increase from two years ago, according to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office.

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.

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Politics
4:15 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Kentucky Senate OKs Bill Allowing Rand Paul to Run for President and U.S. Senate at the Same Time

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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.

Senate Bill 205, sponsored by Republican Floor Leader Damon Thayer,  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.

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Politics
2:42 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Choose Kentucky's Governor in Presidential Election Years? Senate Committee Says Yes.

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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.

Without a change, statewide constitutional officers—including the secretary of state, state auditor and others—would be next up for election in 2015. 

Under Senate Bill 55, those elections would move to 2016.

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