Kentucky voter registration booms, turnout numbers rising
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – More than 47,-000 people registered to vote in Kentucky from the end of August to the Oct. 5 deadline.
Meanwhile Secretary of State Michael Adams said through Tuesday, 689,233 Kentuckians have voted in-person, and 520,625 absentee ballots have been received, about 79% of those issued, keeping the state on pace for a record turnout
Adams said approaching the October 5 voter deadline, Kentucky saw a big bump in new registrants, its biggest monthly increase this year.
As of September 30, 3,565,428 Kentuckians were registered to vote, a jump of 47,861 registered voters since the end of August.
“I’m pleased so many Kentuckians have registered to vote, and they’ll find that we’ve made voting easier than it’s ever been before,” Adams said. “Based on this surge of registration, we expect a high turnout and encourage voters to vote early rather than create long lines on Nov. 3.”
In this same time period, 6,633 ineligible voters were removed from the voter rolls. These include voters who have died, been convicted of a felony, or moved out of state.
Currently, Democratic registrants represent 46.9 percent of the electorate with 1,672,380 registered voters.
Democratic registration increased by 1,591 since August 31, a 0.10 percent increase. Republican registrants total 1,568,690, or 43.9 percent of voters, with an increase of 35,595 registered voters, a gain of 2.32 percent since August 31.
Voters represented under all other affiliations, fall right at 9 percent of the total, and saw an increase of 10,675 registrants, or a 3.4 percent rise since August 31.
Complete registration statistics are available on the State Board of Elections website.