Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes continued her statewide tour of college campuses Tuesday at Eastern Kentucky University, where she is encouraging people, especially students, to register in time for the May 17 primary election using the Commonwealth’s new online voter registration portal, GoVoteKY.com. The deadline to register to vote in the May primary is April 18. Several students used the portal at the town hall to register to vote and attendees discussed the portal’s ease of use, accessibility and other election issues. Grimes said the OVR will improve the accuracy of voter rolls and will lead to major cost savings for the Commonwealth and hailed the portal as a major success for Kentucky. Grimes said her administration has worked creating the portal for less than a year and that the new online system was created in-house using Kentucky talent while partnering with Microsoft.
The secretary of state said Kentucky is the 31st state in the nation to offer online voting registration and hopes the portal’s quick and simple registration process will prompt the 4.3 million voting-eligible citizens in the state to register.
“The energy is palpable. Kentuckians are logging on every day to use GoVoteKY.com to register to vote and to update their registration,” said Grimes. “Last week, a 98-year-old used the system to update her registration. And close to 1,000 18-year-olds have gone online since the launch to register for the first time!”
Surprisingly, close to one-third of eligible Kentuckians are not registered to vote. The statistics are even more dire amongst youth and minorities.