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April 10, 2014

Deadline is April 21 to register to vote in May 20 Primary

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

The May primary election is still over a month away, but the days are counting down to an important date — Monday, April 21.

That’s the deadline Kentuckians who are eligible to vote have to register in order to vote in the May 20th primary.

Like all County Clerks’ offices across the state, the Knox, Laurel and Whitley County Clerks’ offices will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that day, Monday, April 21.

Also, all mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 21.

If you have questions, you can contact the Whitley County Clerk’s Office in Williamsburg, or call 549-6002, the Knox County Clerk’s Office in Barbourville at 546-3568, or the Laurel County Clerk’s Office in London at 864-5158.

Here’s what you need, to be eligible to vote. You must:

—Be a U.S. citizen,

—Be a resident of Kentucky for at least 28 days before Election Day,

—Be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next general election,

—Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights,

—Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent,” and,

—Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

—Minors who are 17 years of age, but will be 18 years old on or before the Nov. 4 General Election, are eligible to register and vote in the May Primary. But, they are not eligible to vote in special elections until they are 18 years old.

—Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than Monday, April 21.

“The future of Kentucky and our nation depend on all eligible voters participating in the process. Registering to vote is the first step in being a part of the 2014 elections, and I hope that as many Kentuckians as are able will make their voices heard,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Monday in a news release from Frankfort.

According to state statute, persons who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open, and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the May Primary.

The Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office said changes in party affiliation for the May 20 Primary were due by Dec. 31, 2013. Those voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the May Primary ballot.

Voters who changed their party affiliation after the Dec. 31, 2013, date may still vote for their candidate, or candidates of choice, in the November election.

Under the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program that was recently established, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault can register and update their registration while keeping their names and addresses out of publicly available voter records.

You can check your current registration status on the Voter Information Center by going online at

To obtain a registration card, or need more information about registering to vote, visit online at, the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100, or contact the County Clerk’s Offices in Laurel, Whitley or Knox counties.

More about the Address Confidentiality Program can be obtained at

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