Making your vote count

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With the election primary fast approaching, several people I’ve met walking the Highlands have asked me how to go about registering to vote on May 17th. This post is intended to answer those questions and provide a guidemap to voter-related resources.

Can I still register to vote in the primary as a new voter? Yes! If you’ve never registered to vote before, you have until April 18th to do so.*

Can I still vote in the primary if I recently moved to District 8? Yes! If you’ve recently moved, or if your name has changed recently, you have until April 18th to register.

Can I vote in the primary if I turn 18 near election day? Yes! Kentucky’s election laws allow you to vote in the primary if you are 17 but will turn 18 on or before November 8, 2016 (the date of the general election).

Can I change your party registration from Republican to Democrat in order to vote in the primary on May 17th? Sorry, no. In order to change parties for this primary, you must have done so by December 31, 2015.

How do I register? It’s easy! Registration can be done in person or by mail with the Jefferson County Clerk or online through the Kentucky Secretary of State.

What if I will be out of town on election day? Voters who will be outside the county on Election Day may vote in person at the Election Center, 810 Barret Avenue, Room 103, by 4:30 PM on Monday, May 16th.

Can I vote by absentee ballot? Maybe. At this time, an absentee vote ballot can only be mailed to a Jefferson County address if the voter is either (1) unable to go to the polls because of age, disability or illness, or (2) required by his/her job to be out of town during the election. I understand that the Kentucky General Assembly is considering making it possible for anyone to vote by absentee ballot who wishes to.

How do I request an absentee ballot? Voters may request an absentee ballot by phone, fax or email with the Jefferson County Clerk. The last day that the Election Center can accept a completed Mail-In Absentee Ballot application is by close of business, seven (7) days before the Election. (5:00pm, May 10, 2016).

* You may register to vote in the primary so long as you: 1. Are a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen who is 18 years old by the general election. 2. Are a resident of Jefferson County at least 28 days before election. 3. Are not a convicted felon. 4. Have not been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of law. 5. Do not claim the right to vote outside Kentucky.

Happy voting!