Letters to the Editor

Kentucky should end closed primary elections, give all voters a voice

Are you an independent voter? Are you tired of being refused the opportunity to vote in Kentucky primary elections?

Openprimaries.org is a national organization working to make open primaries available in all 50 states, and you should take up the challenge to make that a reality here.

Kentucky is one of 17 states that do not permit open primaries. Recent national polls found that as much as 43 percent of the electorate considers itself independent.

All Kentucky taxpayers pay to support primary elections, and yet a substantial proportion of those are refused the right to vote because they do not affiliate with the Democrat or Republican parties.

According to the Kentucky Board of Elections, there are 282,776 registered voters in Kentucky who are neither Democrat nor Republican.

It’s well past time for KRS 116.055 to be repealed. It is an issue of fairness and justice.

Do something about it. Contact your legislators. Contact the secretary of state and demand that she work for all Kentuckians and push for a new statute to open the primaries. Contact the governor and tell him you expect him to work on behalf of all voters.

It’s time for Kentucky to enter the 21st century and to assure universal voting rights. You can help make it a reality.

Charles Witt