Sunday, March 20, 2016 offers online registration

All Kentuckians are now able to register to vote using the Commonwealth’s online voter registration portal at, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Monday.

“Kentucky made history today,” Grimes said. “This is an amazing milestone for the Commonwealth. We’ve allowed paper to be taken out of the process. Every eligible Kentuckian may now go online to register to vote or update their registration with ease and speed.”, can be used for new voter registrations or to update a current voter’s records, including party affiliation. It can be accessed via computer or smartphone.

To register or update a record, a person must enter their name, Social Security number and birth date. As required by law, users must also provide their signature, digitally or via their driver’s license. The registrant’s information is sent to their county clerk’s office, which will process and approve each update or new registration and then send confirmation to the voter.

The May 17 primary will be the first election for which new voters in Kentucky will be able to register online. They have until April 18 to complete the registration process and still be able to vote in the election.

While allows voters to change their party registration, it is too late to change political parties for the May primary. Voters must have been registered as either a Democrat or Republican by Dec. 31, 2015, to cast a ballot.

Locally, both parties will vote in May in races for Congress and the U.S. Senate. Only Democrats will be able to select a presidential nominee, as the GOP Caucus has already taken place.