Kentuckians not only have a chance to help decide the ultimate nominee for the Democratic Party’s bid for the Presidency, but have an opportunity to nominate a State Senatorial Candidate for the Democratic Party and a nominee for United States Senate in both parties. Senator John McCain is the presumptive candidate for President for the G.O.P., though five other candidates appear with his name on the ballot.
Thomas said that qualified voters may register to vote in the election until April 21. As a closed primary, only registered members of a perspective party may nominate candidates in this election. Independent voters may not cast a vote in for either of the two parties.
She added that independent voters may vote in non-partisan primaries, though none are on the ballot for the May 20 election.
Voters may cast absentee ballots if they will be outside the county on election day, or are students who temporarily reside outside of the county, members of the Armed Forces and their dependents who reside outside the county, military personnel who are confined to a base during the election, voters or a spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day or a woman in the last trimester of her pregnancy.
According to Thomas, the absentee voting period begins on April 30 and runs through May 19. Absentee voters may go to the County Courthouse Annex to vote, or may mail a request for a paper ballot to be mailed back after voting. Thomas said that her office now accepts such requests and is in the process of mailing the ballots.
“This election is definitely drawing more interest than a normal primary,” said Thomas. “We had one of our Presidential candidates speaking in Madisonville last weekend. I don’t remember that before,” she said referring to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s visit on March 29.
The Kentucky Secretary of State’s office said that as of March 17, 9,867 voters were registered in Trigg County. Of that number, 6,683 belonged to the Democratic Party, while 2,725 gave their affiliation as Republicans, and 459 identified with other parties. 4,769 of the voters were male while 5,098 were female.