Secretary of State
Voter registration sets all time record; voter participation in upcoming primary election expected to be low
Frankfort, KY -- Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker announced record-setting voter registration today at the press conference held in the State Reception Room at the Capitol Building. Previous voter-registration records, set during the General Election in 2008, were surpassed this spring with an increase of 11,028 voters, bringing the Commonwealth’s registration numbers to 2,917,837 voters.
“It is exciting that so many Kentuckians are taking part in the civic process by registering to vote,” noted Secretary Walker. “We hope that this record-setting voter registration signals higher than expected voter participation in the primaries next week.”
At today’s press conference, Secretary Walker predicted that only approximately 10% of the state’s registered voters would participate in the upcoming primary election. “While all signs point to very low voter interest in this year’s primary elections, we hope that we are wrong and that we surpass expectations. Casting your ballot on Election Day is the most sure way to make sure your voice is heard and that your elected officials are held accountable.”
Secretary Walker also noted that some polling locations have changed since the last election and that voters can prepare for next week’s election by visiting the Voter Information Center at www.elect.ky.gov/vic. The Voter Information Center allows voters to check their polling location, obtain driving directions, preview their ballot and learn more about the candidates on the ballot.
Secretary Walker asked the public to report any suspected election fraud or vote buying by calling the Election Fraud Hotline 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683). The line is staffed daily during office hours and on Election Day will have extended hours from 6am-7pm EDT. “It is critical that citizens let us know of any suspected election fraud or vote buying. We have staff checking on polling locations throughout Election Day, but we cannot be everywhere and depend on everyone to help ensure the integrity of the election process.” Walked added that the Secretary of State’s office and the Attorney General’s office have been working closely to make sure the election process is clean and protected.
Additionally, Secretary Walker announced improvements to the online election tally system, noting that this year, the number of precincts reporting will be viewable. Finally, Secretary Walker reminded members of the media that they are welcome and encouraged to cover the election process, but that they cannot interrupt the voting process, record the identity of a voter or conduct interviews inside the polling location.
Further election related information covered in the press conference today and pertient for the upcoming primary election can be found in the 2011 Election Media Guide. To request a printed copy please contact the Secretary of State’s office or obtain a copy online here: http://www.vote.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/4CC230B8-499B-4656-AAA0-2215B7689128/0/MediaPacket.pdf