FRANKFORT — More than 36,000 Kentuckians have used the Commonwealth’s online voter registration system to register or update their registration, setting a new record today, five months since its launch.
The portal at GoVoteKY.com, which Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes launched in March, can be used to register to vote, or update or check voter registration.
“The energy surrounding our new online voter registration system is amazing,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “These new numbers prove that Kentuckians are excited about online registration.”
More than 10,000 Kentuckians have used GoVoteKY.com to register to vote for the first time, including 2,700 18-year-olds who may cast their first ballots this year. More than 26,000 have used the system to make a change or update to their registration. The system’s oldest user was a 98-year-old.
Online voter registration improves the accuracy of voter rolls and will lead to a major cost savings for the Commonwealth, as proven by other states which have implemented electronic registration.
Grimes launched GoVoteKY.com to make the registration process quick and convenient as a way to help close Kentucky’s voter registration gap, which equals approximately one-third of eligible Kentuckians. The gap is even wider among minorities and youth.
“Kentucky cannot accept low voter turnout. Increasing participation begins with increasing registration,” said Grimes. “We’re eight weeks from the Oct. 11 voter registration deadline, so I am counting on all Kentuckians to get their friends and family registered to vote and then make sure everyone they know shows up to vote in the general election.”
GoVoteKY.com is now a one-stop elections resource for all Kentuckians. In addition to the online voter registration tool, other features include Kentucky’s nationally-recognized military and overseas voter portal, sample ballots, voting location information, and election results.