Kentucky has 3 million registered voters for the first time; Republicans continue to gain on Democrats

10/18/2012 12:19 PM

Kentucky voter registration has reached a record high and cracked the 3 million mark as 57,000 new voters registered by the Oct. 9 deadline, according to numbers made public Wednesday night by the Secretary of State’s office.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes’ office reported the total number of Kentuckians registered to vote has reached 3,037,153 up from 2,980,007 who were registered before the May 22 primary.

The figures show Republicans continue to gain on Democrats as they added 28,884 voters registering — about 10,000 more than those who chose to be Democrats. But Democrats still outnumber registered Republicans overall in the state by about 500,000 (1.6 million to 1.1 million Republicans).

Women are also registering at higher rates than men, according to the statistics provided by the Secretary of State’s office.

At the time of the General Election in 2008, there were 2,944,603 Kentuckians registered to vote.

(Watch Pure Politics on Thursday night to see what Grimes says about those new numbers, as well as what affect new voters will have in the competitive 6th Congressional District race in Central Kentucky. That’s 7 p.m. Eastern/6 Central and again at 11:30 EST on Insight’s cn|2.)


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