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With second-highest turnout, officials from both parties calling state’s primary election a success

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Top Kentucky officials of both parties are saying the recent primary election, which was perhaps the most unusual in Kentucky history due to changes made because of the coronavirus outbreak, was a success. “This election, during the midst of a pandemic, had the second-highest voter turnout for a primary, in our history,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. According to figures from...

Al Cross: Any doubt about the vote count could resonate long past the primary

Voting for the Democratic nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is over, but the election is not, because most ballots were mail-in absentees due to the pandemic and are still being counted. That means the campaigns aren’t over, either, and that could affect the general election. Wednesday afternoon, the campaign of state Rep. Charles Booker sought donations “to hire lawyers,...

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...

TODAY is the deadline to register to vote in June 23 primary; state portal open to ask for mail-in ballot

Today is the deadline to register to vote in the June 23 primary. You can register online at GoVoteKy.com but you must do that by 4 p.m. local time. Registering now will permit you to vote in the primary election and also in the general election to be held Nov. 3. Because there are no local or independent races this time only registered Democrats and Republicans can get a ballot for the Primary election....

Voting on June 23: Postcard reminder for mail-in voting, fewer on-site voting sites, register by May 26

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite it likely being the most unusual one in state history, preparations are on schedule for Kentucky’s June 23 primary election. 
The coronavirus has played a role, not only in when the election will take place, but the manner in how it will be conducted. 
After Secretary of State Michael Adams, Kentucky’s chief election officer, sent a letter to Gov. Andy Beshear...

Beshear addresses primary election, travel ban as state sees drop in virus cases, deaths Wednesday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There was a significant drop Wednesday in both new cases and deaths due to the coronavirus, Gov. Andy Beshear said during his daily press briefing at the Capitol. A total of 159 new cases were reported, a significant decrease from the record 625 announced on Tuesday, although 309 came from tests of inmates and workers at Green River Correctional Facility, the only state...

Board of Elections adopts emergency administrative regulation to allow absentee voting by mail

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The State Board of Elections on Friday unanimously adopted an emergency administrative regulation that will allow Kentucky’s primary election to be conducted largely by absentee ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic. In March, Gov. Andy Beshear, upon the recommendation of Secretary of State Michael Adams, issued an executive order moving the primary from May 19 to June...

Kentucky voter registration flatlines in March; Adams encourages online voter registration

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that Kentucky saw a flatline in voter registration in March, with the state holding a total of 3,469,912 registrants as of March 31. This is a 0.01 percent increase since Feb. 29, or only 504 additional voters. Michael G. Adams Democratic registrants represent just more than 48 percent of the electorate with 1,679,132 registered voters. Democratic registration...

Kentucky reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in single day with 293, four additional deaths

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky had its highest single-day number of cases of the coronavirus reported on Sunday, with 293, bringing the total to at least 2,960. There were also four deaths reported Sunday, one each in Graves, Hopkins, Jackson and Jefferson counties. There have now been 148 Kentuckians who have lost their lives due to the pandemic. Nationwide, there have been over 762,000 confirmed...

Governor had right to delay election during state of emergency, attorney general’s opinion says

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The Kentucky Attorney General’s office released an opinion on Monday upholding Gov. Andy Beshear’s power to delay an election during a declared state of emergency. Jason Snead, Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Honest Lections Project, sought the opinion, asking, “Whether, during a declared state of emergency, the Governor may suspend Kentucky’s laws...

It will be Bevin vs. Beshear in Nov. 5 general election; matchups for other state constitutional offices set

By Tom Latek and Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky voters have spoken – or at least nearly 20 percent of them – and the race for the governor’s seat is going to be a battle between two political heavyweight rivals. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin received 51 percent of the party’s vote in Tuesday’s primary in his bid for reelection and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear will be his opponent...

Vote today: Polls open at 6 a.m. — find your polling place at the link and check out a voter’s guide

Polls open for the Primary Election today at 6 a.m. and will close at 6 p.m., though anyone in line at 6 p.m. will be able to vote. Defy the predictions of low-turnout by exercising your right to vote today. Kentuckians can prepare to vote by visiting GoVoteKY.com, the Commonwealth’s one-stop portal for election resources. Voters can avoid Election Day surprises by verifying their current registration...

Kentucky Today: Where the two Republican candidates for governor stand on important issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The gubernatorial primary is Tuesday and here is a look on how the major gubernatorial Republican candidates stand on some key issues.    
The responses are based information gained from a variety of sources, including responses to a questionnaire, public statements, the candidate’s website and past news reports. Candidates: Gov. Matt Bevin and Rep. Robert Goforth. 
The...

Al Cross: The primary looms and so do choices; voters may be asking, ‘Who am I most tired of?’

The race for governor of Kentucky is occasionally a harbinger of the contest that begins or ends the four-year election cycle, the race for president. In 1995, Democrat Paul Patton defeated Republican Larry Forgy, who had hoped to ride the GOP wave of 1994 but got caught in the undertow, and Bill Clinton carried the state in 1996. This year, Democrats see the possible ouster of Republican Gov. Matt...

Today is deadline to request mail-in absentee ballots for Kentucky’s Primary Election May 21

Today is the last day for Kentuckians to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s May 21 Primary Election. “Kentuckians who cannot get to the polls on Election Day have the option of voting absentee before the election,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “I am thankful for our county clerks who facilitate absentee...

Al Cross: Primary candidates trying to attract voters with largely irrelevant, misleading arguments

If you’re one of the relatively few Kentuckians who will vote in the May 21 primary for statewide constitutional offices, beware. Several candidates are seeking your vote with arguments that are largely irrelevant and sometimes misleading. Irrelevant political pitches are nothing new, but they dominate this month’s TV ads, videos, mail pieces and online chatter in a way we haven’t seen before. That’s...

The deadline for Kentuckians to request mail-in ballots for May 21 primary election is one week away

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reminded Kentuckians today that the deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot for Kentucky’s Primary Election on May 21, is a week away on Tuesday, May 14. “Kentuckians who cannot get to the polls on Election Day have the option of voting absentee before the election,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “I am thankful...

Record number of Kentuckians registered to vote in May 21 primary, more than 18,000 since 2018 vote

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday that a record total of 3,421,796 Kentuckians are registered to vote in the Primary Election on May 21. Democratic voters represent just more than 49 percent of the electorate with 1,684,200 registered voters. Republican voters total 1,437,897 million or about 42 percent of voters, and almost 9 percent of voters – about 299,699 – affiliate...

Deadline is April 22 to register to vote in the May primary; register online at GoVoteKy

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding eligible Kentuckians that the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 21 Primary Election is Monday, April 22. “Our elections should be determined by a majority of voters, not a minority,” said Grimes. “Registering to vote is the first step to having your voice heard on Election Day. I call on all eligible Kentuckians...

Secretary of State reports more than 3.4 million Kentuckians registered to vote in Nov. 6 election

More than 3.4 million Kentuckians are registered to vote ahead of the General Election on Nov. 6, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Thursday.   Democrats represent the plurality of the electorate with 1.68 million registered voters, or 49.6 percent of voters. Republicans total about 1.41 million, around 41.7 percent of voters, and more than 295,400 voters, about 8.68 percent, are...