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Kentucky sees bump in voter registration; new registrations double year-over-year

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced a bump in voter registration, with 10,534 net new voters registering between Oct. 1-5 and Nov. 4-30. By law, the voter registration books close the four weeks before an election, through election day. In comparison, only 4,115 net new voters registered in October and November of 2019. Michael Adams “We’ve seen, particularly after election day, a bump...

Kentucky state leaders demonstrate bipartisan support for safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine

Secretary of State Michael Adams, Auditor Mike Harmon, Supreme Court Deputy Chief Justice Lisabeth T. Hughes and Justice Samuel T. Wright III received the vaccination against COVID-19 on Monday in the Capitol Rotunda, helping to ensure the continuity of state government and demonstrating bipartisan support for the safe, effective vaccine that is crucial to ending the pandemic and saving lives in Kentucky. Justice...

Kentucky Secretary of State provides guidance to protect voters from intimidation at the polls

Secretary of State Michael Adams has announced guidance to protect voters from intimidation at the polls. “Voting is your sacred right. Don’t let anyone take it away – know your rights,” Adams said. Michael Adams MAKE A PLAN & PROTECT YOUR VOTE • Know and plan ahead how, when and where you will vote.  Visit www.GoVoteKY.com to find information about your requested absentee ballot, voting...

Secretary of State says Kentucky voter registration gaining traction ahead of Oct. 5 deadline

Secretary of State Michael Adams announced that Kentucky continues to see an uptick in voter registration, with the state’s number of registered voters increasing to 3,517,567 as of Aug. 31. In the past month, there has been a rise of 19,626 registered voters, or 0.56 percent. Recently, the Secretary of State’s Office has partnered with the Lexington Legends for a voter registration night at the...

Quarles joins call for poll workers in November; challenges FFA members, alumni to step up

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is asking members and alumni of Kentucky’s youth agriculture organizations to fulfill Secretary of State Michael Adams’ call to recruit poll workers for the November 2020 election. “Kentucky FFA has a long tradition of civic engagement,” Quarles said. “As Secretary Adams has made clear, we need young people to serve as poll workers so that we can...

Adams urges Kentucky voters to take advantage of early voting, says successful election plans in place

Staff report Secretary of State Michael Adams testified Wednesday before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations & Revenue, offering legislators an update on efforts to ensure a safe and successful general election. Adams said that working with a bipartisan group of county clerks and members of the State Board of Elections, as well as the Governor, he believes the system in place for the...

State officials warn Kentucky voters of bogus mailers and texts; election scams aimed at Kentuckians

Secretary of State Michael Adams and Attorney General Daniel Cameron are warning Kentuckians about two election scams. In one, Kentuckians are receiving letters from a group called the “Center for Voter Information,” pushing them to register to vote. However, the letters have been sent to people who are already registered to vote. The Center purports to have a Frankfort address on its mailers,...

Secretary of State Michael Adams offers overview of Kentucky’s 2020 primary and general elections

Secretary of State Michael Adams testified Tuesday before the Interim Joint Committee on State Government, offering an assessment of what worked well in Kentucky’s unique 2020 primary election, and what might be sustainable for the general election. Adams’ remarks: I’d like to offer some perspective about our primary election, as well as our general election. First, our primary election was a...

Adams, Cameron co-chair Ballot Integrity Task Force; to monitor primary election, investigate vote fraud

Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Secretary of State Michael Adams have formed a team of election officials, law enforcement professionals and others to monitor the 2020 primary election and investigate and deter vote fraud. The Ballot Integrity Task Force brings key stakeholders in the electoral process and criminal justice system together to ensure ballot integrity. Michael Adams “As we’ve...

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...

Secretary of State Michael Adams offers detailed plans for Kentucky’s June 23 primary election

Secretary of State Michael Adams has reached an agreement with Governor Andy Beshear on the methods of voting to be used in the June 23 primary election. “This plan fulfills my promise to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat,” said Adams. “Through expanding absentee voting – with appropriate safeguards – limiting the number of polling sites, and adopting in-person voting methods that limit...

Secretary of State says counties using electronic ballot machines should move to paper ballots

Secretary of State Michael Adams, acting on his promise to ensure ballot integrity and enhance public confidence in our election system, told the House Standing Committee on Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs that counties using electronic ballot machines should move to using only paper ballots as soon as fiscally possible. Michael Adams Adams spoke in favor in House...