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Oct. 4 is deadline to register to vote in Nov. 2 elections

September 27, 2010 | | Comments 5

Secretary of State Trey GraysonFRANKFORT — Kentuckians have one more week to make sure they are registered to vote in the Nov. 2 general election that features races for U.S. Senate, state legislature and several local offices.

The deadline to register is Monday, Oct. 4, Secretary of State Trey Grayson said.

County clerks’ offices throughout the state will accept voter registration cards until the close of business that day. A postmark of Oct. 4 is also required for all mail-in voter registration applications. Registration cards can be obtained over the Internet at www.vote.ky.gov/register.

“I encourage all citizens who have not already done so, to register to vote today,” Grayson said. “We hope to see everyone exercising their constitutional right to vote on Nov. 2, 2010.”

To register to vote in Kentucky, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Kentucky and at least 18 years of age on or before Nov. 2. You cannot be a convicted felon. If you have been convicted of a felony, your civil rights must have been restored by executive pardon. You cannot have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of law and have your voting rights removed, and you cannot claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

Grayson reminded voters that if they have moved recently, they need to update their voter registration so they are allowed to vote on election day. If a voter has moved from one county to another prior to the voter registration books closing and he or she does not update his or her voter registration, that voter will not be allowed to vote in the general election.

If citizens are unsure whether they have registered to vote or uncertain as to where they will vote, they can view all of that information online through the Voter Information Center (VIC). It will tell voters where they are registered to vote, the location of their polling site, and their political affiliation. It also provides links to elected representatives, sample ballots, and driving directions from the voter’s home to his or her polling location. The information can be found at www.vote.ky.gov/vic.

To obtain a list of county clerks and other voter registration sites in your area, contact the Kentucky State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100 or via the web at www.elect.ky.gov.

–Jack Brammer

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