Kentucky voter registration as Independent or under other political affiliations is outpacing registration in the two major parties, according to Secretary of State Michael Adams.
In July, “other” registration grew at more than double the rate of Republican or Democrat registration.
“Political allegiances are in flux,” said Adams. “Republicans recently took the lead in voter registration from Democrats, but there’s more to the story, as many voters now do not affiliate with either party. Any candidate for statewide office needs to not just hold the base, but also reach out to others.”
Overall, Kentucky voter registration increased by 5,995 voters in July. Over that month, 3,796 voters were removed – 2,624 deceased voters, 798 voters convicted of felonies, 330 voters who moved out of state, 23 adjudged mentally incompetent, and 21 who voluntarily de-registered.
Republican registrants account for 45.2 percent of the electorate, with 1,615,178 voters. Republican registration increased by 3,118 voters, a 0.19 percent increase. Democratic registrants account for 45.0 percent of the electorate, with 1,606,843 voters. Democratic registration decreased by 2,726 voters, a 0.17 percent decrease. Kentuckians registered under other political affiliations account for 9.7 percent of the electorate, with 347,481 voters. Other registration increased by 1,807 voters, a 0.52 percent increase.