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Deadline to register to vote is April 20

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The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 19 Primary Election is Monday, April 20.

County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 20.

To be eligible to vote, you must:

•  Be a U.S. citizen,

•  Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,

•  Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election,

•  Not be a convicted felon, or if convicted of a felony offense, must have obtained a restoration of civil rights,

•  Not have been adjudged “mentally incompetent,” and

•  Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

Minors who are 17 years old but will be 18 years old on or before the General Election on November 3, 2015, are eligible to register and vote in the upcoming Primary; however, they are not eligible to vote in special elections until they are 18 years old.

Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 20. Individuals who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.

Changes in party affiliation for the 2015 Primary Election were due by Dec. 31, 2014. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the May Primary ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after Dec. 31, 2014, may still vote for their candidates of choice in the November General Election.

You can check your current registration status on the Voter Information Center, https://cdcbp.ky.gov/VICWeb/index.jsp.