Kentucky primary election guide 2014

Registered voters in Kentucky will have the opportunity Tuesday to select who will represent them in this fall’s general election.

Kentucky is a closed primary system, meaning residents can only vote for candidates running in the party they have registered themselves to be a member of. Independents may only vote for candidates in local, non-partisan races.

Registration for primary voting closed in Kentucky on April 21, 2014. Voters can find their polling location online on the Kentucky State Board of Elections website here .  Polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 20.

For general voting information, including submitting absentee ballots and contacting county clerks for local election races, click here.

Races to watch

The biggest races with possible national implications facing Kentucky voters in this Tuesday’s election involves Kentucky’s U.S. Senate seat occupied by Louisville Republican, Mitch McConnell.

McConnell is currently the U.S. Senate minority leader and hopes to lead his party to a take-over of that legislative branch in the fall. McConnell has faced a vigorous campaign from fellow Republican, and tea party favorite, Matt Bevin.

McConnell, and Bevin appear on the GOP primary ballot with three other Republicans, Chris Payne, Shawna Sterling, and Brad Copas.

On the Democrat side of the primary ballot, current Kentucky Secretary of State Allison Lundergran Grimes is the favorite to win in the polls and faces off against Tom Recktenwald, Burrel Farnsley, and Gregory Leichty.

On the state level, there is a GOP primary race for state representatives in the 66th district that covers Boone County between Addia Wuchner and David Martin.

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In the Kentucky state Senate 24th district, Brandon Voelker, Deb Sheldon and Wil Schroder face off for the GOP general election nod.

Local, non-partisan races

A plethora of local primaries will also be decided Tuesday. Those races range from judge-executive and county commissioner primaries to sheriffs and magistrate positions to city councils and mayor races.

Typically in those non-partisan races a select number of top vote getters will face off again in the fall general election.

Northern Kentucky counties with local primary elections include Boone, Campbell, Kenton, Pendleton, Grant, Gallatin, Bracken, Owen, and Mason counties.

During primary night Tuesday, check back at WCPO.com after polls close at 6 p.m.for live results for all state and local races.

Residents have until Oct. 6 to register to participate in the Nov. 4 general election.

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