HERALD-LEADER FRANKFORT BUREAU
FRANKFORT — Kentucky voters who want to change their party registration for next year’s elections must do so by Dec. 31, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Tuesday.
“More than 300 offices are on the ballot next year,” sai Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official in a news release.
“Kentucky has closed primaries, and we want to make sure all eligible Kentuckians are qualified to vote in the primary election of their choice.”
To be qualified to vote in a partisan primary election, a voter must have been a member of that party on Dec. 31 of the preceding year or a new registrant who has not changed his or her affiliation.
Voters who change party affiliation after Dec. 31, 2013, will not be eligible to vote in partisan races in the May 20, 2014, primary election to pick party nominees. However, they may vote in nonpartisan races on the May primary ballot.
The deadline to change affiliation also applies to prospective candidates in the 2014 regular elections.
Under Kentucky law, to be qualified as a party or independent candidate in a regular election, a candidate’s registration status generally must be established by Dec. 31 of the year preceding the election.
Voters can verify their current registration status through the Voter Information Center on the state Board of Elections website.
Registered voters can change their party affiliation by completing a voter registration card and returning it to the county clerk in their county of residence. Registration forms are available at county clerks’ offices and can be downloaded from the State Board of Elections’ website.
Registration cards submitted by mail must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2013. Individuals who prefer to submit their cards in person should check with their county clerks’ offices regarding hours of operation during the holiday season.