(Frankfort, KY) – Over 2.76 million citizens are eligible to vote in the 2006 general election in Kentucky, the largest election in Kentucky’s history. The number, a couple percentage points higher than the figures available during the May primary election, is the second highest total number of registrations in the Commonwealth’s history. The record, set in the 2004 general election, totaled 2,794,286 compared to the current registration of 2,766,288 citizens. 2,709,959 citizens were registered to vote in the May primary.
“We are confident that Kentucky has one of the best voter registration databases in the country and these registration figures reflect our efforts to ensure a fair and honest election while maximizing the number of registered voters in the Commonwealth,” stated Secretary of State Trey Grayson. “These healthy registration figures are hopefully an indication of a potentially strong turnout on election day.”
The registration totals are a net increase of 56,329 voters from those who were registered to vote in the May 18th primary, swelling the voter rolls by 2.08%. This percentage is considerably higher than the registration increase during the 2002 election cycle, the last comparable election cycle in terms of the races appearing on the ballot. The voter rolls increased by less than 0.01% in 2002.
Registration figures continued to show little change in the percentage of male and female voters. In terms of party registration, Democrats, Republicans, and “others” increased their percentage of registered voters by 1.93%, 2.19%, and 2.80% since May of 2006, respectively.
Republicans and “others” also increased their percentages of the Kentucky voter rolls as they now comprise 36.55% and 6.39% of Kentucky voters, respectively. That is an increase of .04% for both classifications since the Primary election. Democrats saw their percentage decrease from 57.14% of the voter rolls in May to 57.05% for the upcoming election.
Secretary Grayson noted that the election’s focus now shifts to getting people to the polls on Election Day. “Now that the registration books are closed, we must work diligently to see that every registered Kentuckian votes on November 7, 2006.”
Grayson encouraged citizens to utilize the Voter Information Center (VIC) on the State Board of Election’s website to confirm their voter registration and to locate their polling place. For complete registration statistics and additional election information or to access the VIC, please visit www.elect.ky.gov.
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