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.