Group targets 60,000 Kentuckians for voter registration

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)The Center for Voter Information is mailing 60,107 voter registration applications to people in Kentucky this month as part of the group’s largest-ever campaign to register voters ahead of the historic 2020 election.

More than 859,000 people who can vote in Kentucky are not yet registered, according to the “Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2018” supplement to the U.S. Census, and 64% of them are members of the Rising American Electorate: young people, people of color and unmarried women.

People in this group often move between elections and register and vote at lower rates than the rest of the population, according to CVI and national voter analysts.

As states implement stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders and millions of Americans self-isolate because of the coronavirus pandemic, mail-based voter registration efforts have never been more important.

“With COVID-19 impacting elections, we cannot take any citizen for granted and must do all we can to increase turnout amid this uncertain time. The future of our democracy is at stake,” said Page Gardner, the groups’ Founder and Board Chair. “We have a major opportunity to close the gap on voter registration and make sure the electorate is as representative as the country as a whole. That’s why it’s critical for prospective voters to register and make sure their registrations are up to date.”

CVI mails registration applications to unregistered individuals, along with pre-addressed envelopes to make it easy to send completed forms directly to local election officials. People who want to register online, have questions about the mailing, or who want to be excluded from future mailings can visit www.centerforvoterinformation.org.

Since 2004, CVI and its partner group, the Voter Participation Center, have helped register more than 4.6 million voters nationally, including more than 54,502 people who applied to register in Kentucky.

This month, VPC and CVI will be sending nearly 12 million pieces of mail to prospective voters in 22 states.

VPC and CVI are in touch with election officials months ahead of all mailings. The organizations make sample mailings and in-depth information about their programs available online.

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