During next week’s primary, as they have done for decades, members of the Democratic Party will choose their candidates and Republicans will do the same. The system is called a ‘closed primary.’ It excludes voters without a party affiliation. It also means voters registered in one party cannot vote in another party’s primary. Now, there’s been discussion in one statewide office race about the pros and cons of opening up the Kentucky primary a bit.
For the few citizens who are projected to participate in the May 17 primary election, Secretary of State Elaine Walker has released a “Do’s and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters. “We want to make sure that people are informed about the upcoming election and their rights as voters,” says Walker. “We hope more people participate in the upcoming election than we expect; and are trying to raise awareness about the primary election in every way possible. This election is critically important and I encourage everyone to get out and vote.”
With less than a week until the primary election, Democratic secretary of state candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has announced that Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and Lt. Governor Daniel Mongiardo will serve as statewide co-chairs of her campaign.
Most of the seven candidates running for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner have one attention getting thing in common…they support legalizing industrial hemp. WEKU’S Ron Smith reports on the growing political support for the once taboo plant.