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Monday — April 22 — is last chance to register to vote in the May 21 primary election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminds eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 22, ahead of the Commonwealth’s Primary Election on May 21.
“We’ve made it easy to register to vote in Kentucky with GoVoteKY.com, and we’ve had over 1 million people visit the online portal,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “I hope every Kentuckian who is not registered but is eligible will save time and go online to GoVoteKY.com to get registered before next week’s deadline.”

County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept online and paper applications until 4 p.m. local time on the deadline. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 22.

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.
Kentuckians who are 17-years-old but will be 18-years-old on or before the Nov. 5 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 Monday, April 22.

Pursuant to Kentucky law, voters who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary. 

Changes in party affiliation for the 2018 Primary Election were due by Dec. 31, 2018. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the ballot.

Voters who changed their party affiliation after Dec. 31, 2018, may still vote for their candidate(s) of choice in the November General Election. 

Voters may check their current registration status and where they vote at GoVoteKY.com. For questions, contact your county clerk or the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100.

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