Independent voters one step closer to voting in Kentucky primary

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate has passed legislation that
would allow registered independents to vote in Democratic and
Republican primaries.

The proposal, championed by Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, was approved 23-13 on Thursday.

Higdon said the legislation, if approved by the House and signed
into law by the governor, would allow some 200,000 independent
voters to take part in Kentucky's primary elections. They could
only vote for candidates of one party, not switch between the two.

Similar measures in the past have failed because of concern that
voters from one party might register as independents to affect the
outcome of the other party's primary. Higdon's proposal sets a Dec.
31 deadline for registering independents to discourage that from
The legislation is Senate Bill 41.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by morgan Location: hyden on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    Its time for the people to vote for who ever they want to and the RICH REPUBLICAN party to untie the peoples hands.
  • by Pete Location: Kentucky on Feb 11, 2011 at 12:06 PM
    I hope this bill makes it farther than recent efforts. Like George Washington, I am mistrustful of political parties. I registered as a Democrat because most of the races in my county (and many statewide) are decided in the Democratic party. But I am not beholden to any party. I don't understand why some people are so negative towards those of use who refuse to toe any party line. This country is too polarized as it is. We need more options. Hopefully, this will encourage more independents in the state and weaken the influence that the parties have over us all.
  • by cassandra Location: harrodsburg on Feb 11, 2011 at 08:51 AM
    My husband and I always register Indepenent. We are not Dem or Rep, be have beliefs that are a mix of both. I like this but I'm still fine with the way it's been. Voting is voting for the best candidate in my eyes and not being forced to vote Dem or Rep just because that's how I'm registered.
  • by steve on Feb 11, 2011 at 06:55 AM
    well this is great we will have another party a independent voter to me is someone that don't know if they are a republican or a democrat gees.
  • by Jack Location: Paintsville on Feb 11, 2011 at 05:45 AM
    This is long overdue. The house should pass this bill asap and the Governor should sign it.
  • by Frank Location: Winchester on Feb 11, 2011 at 03:20 AM
    What incentive will there be to be registered anything but independent? The December 31 deadline won't stop sabotage. Instead of 200,000 independents we will have over 1 million indies choosing the least desirable candidates. Kentucky will be the looser in future elections.


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