State Board of Elections Releases Primary Turnout Data
On Aug. 10, the State Board of Elections announced that turnout data for the May primary election was released to the www.elect.ky.gov Web site. Statewide turnout was 31.4 percent for the primary election, slightly less than the 35 percent turnout that had been predicted.
The State Board of Elections also documented additional data related to the recent multi-state database match pilot project. Of the 8,105 people who were deleted in the spring because they had a more recent voter registration in Tennessee or South Carolina, 196 people came to the precinct and were permitted to vote in the primary election under an existing state law that safeguards the right to vote upon proof of voter eligibility.
The results of the primary election illustrate that the efforts of the Secretary of State’s Office and the State Board of Elections are successfully ensuring that Kentucky maintains an accurate voter roll while safeguarding the right to vote.
The safeguards, which are part of current state law, will also be in place for the 2006 general election.
The State Board of Elections has also taken steps to ensure that all voters associated with the pilot project have the opportunity to re-register to vote. On Aug. 9, 2006, the State Board of Elections sent a postcard to those deleted in the spring to notify them that they may register to vote by mailing a new registration card to their county clerk. Registrations must be made before Oct. 11, 2006 for participation in the November general election.