Kentucky - Open Primaries
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Primary Elections State By State



  • Democratic congressional and state primaries: closed
  • Republican congressional and state primaries: closed
  • Democratic Presidential primary: closed
  • Republican Presidential primary: closed


Primary Type Definitions



  • Voters may or may not choose to affiliate with a political party, however, affiliation with a party is required to vote in primary elections.
  • 8% of Kentucky voters are registered unaffiliated or other.


Details of voting in congressional and state primary elections:

  • Only voters affiliated with a party may vote in that party's primary or caucus.
  • If a voter is registered as “Other”, they are eligible to vote in nonpartisan city and judicial primary elections only.
  • Voter registration closes 29 days before a primary election.
  • A registered voter may change their political party registration at any time on or before December 31st to remain eligible to vote in the following primary election.