FRANKFORT – Registered independents would be allowed to vote in a party’s primary election under a bill the Senate State and Local Government approved Wednesday.
Senate Bill 41, sponsored by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, is similar to a measure the Senate passed last year but the House did not consider.
Higdon’s bill would require independents to register by Dec. 31 to vote in a primary held in the following May to pick party nominees.
Under his bill, the first time independents could vote in a primary would be May 2012, Higdon said.
There are about 190,000 registered independents in Kentucky.
“They really would like to participate in the election process,” Higdon said.
The Senate committee approved the bill on seven “yes” votes and two “passes.” It now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
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