Deadline to Register to Vote in May Primary is Tomorrow

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in Kentucky’s May 17th primary.

Minors who will be 18 before the November 8th general election are eligible and entitled to register to vote in the primary.

“The reason is because if you were old enough to vote in the general election then you clearly will be making a decision that would impact that candidate and that slate of candidates, and so the thinking is, that you should also be able to help determine who is going to be the ultimate party candidate,” says Secretary of State Elaine Walker.

Walker hopes Kentuckians will get involved in the electoral process, even if they’re not excited about the primary.

“I think that what people need to understand is, this is still critically important,” she says. “And what we see going on around the nation, in other states and in the capital, they need to realize they’re going to make decisions on May 17th that will affect that. So, there is no unimportant election.”

There are numerous contested races in May, including the Republican primary for governor. Senate President David Williams, Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw all hope to grab the Republican nomination. The winner will take on Democratic Governor Steve Beshear in the fall.

Walker will also appear on the ballot in May. She will face Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Democratic primary.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.