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Primary election has few problems, state officials say and vote totals will likely surpass 1million, a record

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite long lines for voters in Fayette County, members of the State Board of Elections are saying the unusual primary election has gone smoothly and could see a record turnout when final numbers are submitted on June 30. After Secretary of State Michael Adams, in his role as Kentucky’s chief election officer, sent a letter to Gov. Andy Beshear recommending the election...

Secretary of State reminding Kentuckians of ‘dos and don’ts’ as they head to the polls this election day

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Dos and Don’ts,” ahead of Election Day, on Tuesday, November 5. “Being prepared before going to the polls helps make Election Day run smoothly for everyone. This is an important election with races across the state that impact everyone in the Commonwealth. I encourage Kentucky voters to take note of these...

Secretary of State issues General Election turnout prediction, challenges Kentuckians to go vote

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting approximately 31 percent of the 3,451,537 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out on Election Day next week. “Based on current absentee voting, I believe turnout will be at or above the 2015 General Election,” said Grimes. “It’s simply not OK that only a small portion of Kentuckians will possibly elect...

Lextran offers free rides on Nov. 5 to increase access to polling locations on Election Day

All Lextran routes will be free of charge on Nov. 5 to increase access to polling locations on Election Day. The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement estimated that nearly 15 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 didn’t vote in the 2016 Election because of a lack of transportation to their polling location. “Exercising your right to vote should not be hindered...

As international observer, mayor witnessed history in Albania; saw election boycott and ballot burning

News accounts in the weeks and days leading up to Election Day in Republic Of Albania detailed the turmoil: Widespread protests … Molotov cocktails … destroyed ballots … arson … a purge of local officials … an opposition-party boycott … and censure of the country’s president by its Parliament for his attempt to cancel the voting. Each ballot cast in the June...

Secretary of state reminding Kentuckians of ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ in advance of Tuesday’s midterm election

Tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 6, is Election Day when Kentuckians and voters across the nation will go to the polls. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” in advance of the polls opening. “Being prepared before going to the polls makes Election Day run smoothly for everyone. This is an...

Whitney H. Westerfield: Your vote matters, use it on November 6 to protect Kentucky’s crime victims

This Nov. 6 is the culmination of a three-year journey to bring Marsy’s Law to your ballot and educate you about why Kentucky crime victims deserve equal rights. I couldn’t be prouder or more thankful. When you see the question about constitutional rights for crime victims this Election Day, please know it is the result of the tireless efforts of crime victims, victims’ advocates, elected officials...

John Schickel: Proposed Marsy’s Law amendment would undermine Kentucky State Constitution

On Election Day (Nov. 6), citizens will vote on whether to amend our Kentucky State Constitution. The proposed amendment is known as Marsy’s Law. The Marsy’s Law campaign originated in California after a woman was tragically killed by her former boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend was released from jail on bond and proceeded to confront her family in a supermarket. In a recent ruling, Franklin County...

Grimes announces absentee voting by mail is now underway for Kentucky’s May 22 primary election

Absentee voting by mail is now underway for Kentucky’s May 22 Primary Election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday. In-person absentee voting is open in many counties with all counties opening no later than May 7. “Voting in our elections is both a right and a responsibility,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “If you know you cannot...