Kentucky elections officials once again expect most voters to ignore Tuesday’s primaries. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting turnout between 10 and 12 percent. Low turnout has plagued Kentucky elections for the last few cycles. About a third of voters cast ballots in the 2008 and 2010 primaries. Grimes says the lack of… Continue reading Twelve Percent Turnout Expected for Kentucky Primaries
Candidates in last night’s primary election were celebrating and commiserating in hotels, restaurants and campaign headquarters across the state. But the real action was online. Even for a contest with 10 percent turnout, activity on Twitter was feverish at times for followers and users of the #kyelect and #kyelects hashtags. It’s a scientific principle of the news… Continue reading Primary Does Little to Change Twitter Counts for Candidates, Media
Under current law, Democrats vote for Democrats on primary day and Republicans vote for Republicans. Crossing party lines is not permitted until the general election. A bill sponsored by Senator Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon would let registered independents cast primary votes for Democrats or Republicans, but the measure fell one vote short of passage.
The Senate has passed the bill, but it does not have enough support to clear a House committee.
The measure would let the nearly 200,000 independents in Kentucky choose a primary to vote in for each election. Senator Jimmy Higdon sponsored the measure and he says he will try to pass it again next year.
The bill gives independents until December 31st to choose which party’s primary they want to vote in the following May. The first election it would affect would be in 2012.
None of the Louisville Metro Council members who faced primary challengers for re-election lost Tuesday.
Voter turnout for today’s primaries has not met expectations in Jefferson County.
In less than four weeks, Kentuckians will go to the polls to vote in party primaries. But in many counties, there aren’t yet enough precinct workers to staff polling places.
Today is the deadline to register to vote in Kentucky’s May 18th primary.
Three weeks into the filing period for next year’s primary elections, the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office has seen hundreds of registrations from candidates.