As the primaries approach, Friends of Limestone hopes to help equip young voters with all the tools they need to take action in this important step in our state’s electoral process. This is the first of several posts coming to help ensure you’re ready for the primaries!
By the time the filing deadline for running in the 2018 elections passed, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced an overall surge in the amount of candidates. “Nearly every race has got a challenger,” Grimes told the press. “Few incumbents are going without primaries.”
This year voters will see a record 86 women running for a seat in Frankfort, as well as over fifty educators.
Since the ballots were finalized on January 30th, these candidates have been crisscrossing the counties of the Commonwealth in the hopes of convincing us they deserve to be our leaders.
Their first tests come on May 22nd in their party primaries and your final chance to register or update your registration is this coming Monday April 23rd.
Not registered or need to add your new address? That’s a problem. Only 12.6 percent of voters aged 17-33 voted in the 2016 primaries, and this year’s elections offer a great opportunity for young people to make an impact in our state government.
Solving this problem is easy though, thanks to Kentucky’s online voter registration.
Step 1. Visit the Kentucky online voter registration site.
Step 2. Ensure your eligibility by answer these questions from the state.
Step 3. Enter your social security number and date of birth.
Step 4. You’ll then be asked to enter your information if you’ve never registered or verify if you’ve previously registered.
Step 5. Now you must select a political party. You can only vote in the primary of the party you register for in Kentucky.
Step 6. Next you’ll be asked for your current address.
Step 7. Take one last look to verify your information. Remember if your info is incorrect it could prevent you from voting in the primary.
Congrats! You’re ready to vote next month!