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Record number of Kentuckians have registered to vote

Primary is May 17

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 2, 2016) — A record number of Kentuckians have registered to vote, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced. The total number of registered voters for the May 17 Primary Election is 3,243,078. The number represents an increase of 42,608 new voters since the November 2015 General Election.

“We made history launching online voter registration and conducting the largest statewide voter registration effort in the commonwealth in the past decade,” said Grimes.

Nearly 6,000 Kentuckians registered to vote online for the first time after Grimes launched the online voter registration portal at GoVoteKY.com last month.

“Kentuckians responded with overwhelming enthusiasm, preferring online voter registration to the paper process,” said Grimes. “Now, we must begin the work of getting every voter to the polls on May 17.”

Both the Democratic and Republican Parties saw an increase in registered voters since last year’s election. Democrats currently make up approximately 52 percent of the electorate, 40 percent of voters are Republican and 8 percent of voters identified as “other.”

Women make up approximately 53 percent of Kentucky’s electorate; 47 percent are men.