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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...

Secretary of State projects voter turnout in primary election could be 30 percent, highest since 2010

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting a 30 percent voter turnout in next week’s primary election, the highest since the 2010 primary. “Next Tuesday, I think you will see a Kentucky electorate that is beginning to get up, get out, and get loud with voters making their voices heard at the polls,” said Grimes. “We have witnessed dismal...

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...

Reminder from Sec. of State: Deadline to register to vote in Primary Election is April 23; here are details

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is encouraging eligible Kentuckians to register to vote by the deadline, April 23, ahead of the Commonwealth’s Primary Election next month.    “We’ve made it easy to register to vote in Kentucky with GoVoteKY.com, and we are extremely proud of the portal’s success. As of today, more than half a million people have used GoVoteKY.com...

Grimes reports record number of women to run for Kentucky’s General Assembly in May primary

The window for candidates who must run in a Primary Election to file candidacy paperwork with the Office of Secretary of State and county clerks officially closed Tuesday. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes accepted paperwork from numerous candidates until just seconds before the deadline Tuesday. More than 550 candidates filed with the Secretary of State for various offices on the May 22,...

December 31 is the deadline to change party registration for voting in 2018 primary election

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding registered voters who wish to vote in another party’s May 2018 Primary Election or be a candidate as a member of another political party in the 2018 elections that they must change their registration no later than Dec. 31. “2018 is a major election year in the Commonwealth. Kentuckians will elect officials at every level – from Congress...