Election day is two weeks away, and with only one competitive Congressional race (6th District with Congressman Ben Chandler and Andy Barr) and no statewide races on the ballot, this year's politics will definitely be local.
People who want to be considered as write-in candidates in the Nov. 6 election in Kentucky must have their paperwork and filing fee turned in this week. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says the deadline is 4 p.m. Eastern Time Friday. Write-in candidates for offices that file with the county clerk must file by 4 p.m. local time Friday. Grimes says under Kentucky law, write-in candidates have to file a declaration of intent and pay a filing fee. Write-in candidates for president and vice president must file a list of presidential electors pledged to the candidates.
A Murray State University visiting professor says party label is the most important part of a voter’s decision in an election. Dr. Drew Seib researches how voters make their decisions. Seib says voters are more likely to vote and research candidates in a partisan election than in a non-partisan election. Seib says after party I. D., the economy is the strongest factor in a voter’s decision.
Television and radio airwaves are thick with election season news and political rhetoric. By this time in the election cycle most registered voters have made up their minds about who they’ll vote for, or whether or not they will vote at all. Many campaign managers likely wish there was a failsafe way to get inside a voter’s mind, and figure out what makes them choose one candidate over another. Enter political researchers like Dr. Drew Seib.
Far more Kentuckians have registered to vote as Republicans than Democrats over the past six months, continuing a longstanding trend. Democrats still outnumber Republicans in the state 1.6 million to 1.1 million. But Republicans added nearly 22,000 voters since last year's November general election.