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In year of no elections, Secretary Adams focuses on cleaning up voter rolls — here’s a progress report


Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced Kentucky’s electorate declined in December as more voters were taken off the rolls than were added.

While 671 new voters registered, 3,089 voters were removed – 2,625 deceased voters, 287 nonresident voters, 174 voters who voluntarily de-registered, and 3 felony convicts. There are 2,418 fewer voters on the rolls as of December 31 than on November 30, a 0.07 percent decrease.

“In this year with no elections, my focus is on improving our election system for 2022,” said Secretary Adams. “While the legislature considers major reforms I’ve proposed, we won’t lose sight of our ongoing mission to clean up the voter rolls we inherited one year ago.”

Democratic registrants represent 47 percent of the electorate with 1,677,174 registered voters. Democratic registration dropped by 3,400 since November 30, a 0.20 percent decrease.

Republican registrants total 1,577,561, or 44 percent of voters. Republicans saw a decrease of 1,051 registered voters, a decline of 0.07 percent from November 30.

In addition, 9 percent of voters are listed under other affiliations, which saw an increase of 2,033 registrants, a 0.62 percent climb.

Complete registration statistics are available on the State Board of Elections website.

From Secretary of State


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