Perhaps we should not disparage Senator McConnell, the second most powerful person in America. But it is too just much to tolerate when he marches to the Trump music in order to protect his own power, supporting an indicted President who has abused his office for his own financial and political gain, who has jeopardized our international security, and who is responsible for many of the over 160,000 Covid19 deaths of our fellow citizens—not to mention what our President has done to children on our boarders, to Muslims as a religious group, to our government, and to our postal service. And then McConnell blithely suggests the states go bankrupt over Covid19 costs, while he tolerates the sexually explicit misogyny and the racially biased comments of our President? Shame is not nearly enough. Let’s beat him soundly. And ex-Marine Lt. Colonel and fighter pilot Amy McGrath is just the one to do it!!
How many renters are probably unregistered in Kentucky? According to the US Census, there are 4.469 million citizens in Kentucky, over 3,249,000 of whom are more than 18 and eligible to vote. Since a third of the population in Kentucky are renters, that means over 1 million eligible voters are renters. Since past census figures have shown usually only 50% of renters are registered, then over half a million unregistered renters may account for a big part of the 643,000 Kentuckians who did not vote in 2018.
Why should YOU start a RegiterRenters.org program today? There is very little time to register voters in Kentucky. The deadline for registrations in Kentucky is Monday, October 5 and there at least 1.5 million eligible Kentucky voters who need to be registered before the next election. If you want to see the full details on the RegisterRenters.org program, click here. However, the following is more information about voter registration in Maine that you might find useful, especially if you have good social media resources. If you want to get lots of people started right now, please embed the link to this page in your Facebook page, send a Tweet, an Instagram post or any other favorite media. Or you can simply use the social media links on this page.
Can renters register online in Kentucky? Although the process is a little intimidating, the fastest way to register is to go to the Kentucky Secretary of State voter registration website. However, about 20% of homes in Kentucky do not have web connections, and this probably applies to many of the unregistered voters who are renters. Again, this year all voter registrations, including re-registrations for those who have moved, must be completed and received by Monday, October 5.
Mail in ballots in Alabama?
Q. Given COVID19, can Kentucky citizens request a mail in, or “absentee”, ballot online?
A: Kentucky offers mail-in absentee voting.
During the 2020 General Election, any registered voter may request to receive an absentee ballot in the mail.
1. Request ballot online by visiting http://govoteky.com/ and clicking “Absentee Ballot Request”.
2. If you are in the military, their dependent or an overseas citizen, request ballot online here: Military, their Dependents, or an Overseas Citizen
Other ways to vote
1. Walk-in to clerk’s office prior to Election Day. No appointment is needed. Find County Clerk office hours and contact info here: https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx
2. Request an application in the mail from your clerk: https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx
3. In-person on Election Day at your county’s polling location(s). Due to the Covid-19 virus, there will be fewer polling locations open. Please check with your county clerk to find your polling location for the 2020 General Election.
DeadlinesVisit http://govoteky.com for deadline information. All requests, except requests due to an emergency medical condition under KRS 117.077, are due by October 9.
Should I start an official VRD (voter registration drive)? There are some differences between RegisterRenters and a regulated VRD. Get our Handbook for our full description by clicking HERE. Well funded campaigns may prefer to hire solicitors or use volunteers, and train them to help voters complete an official voter registration form where legal, and some states permit the solicitor to retain and deliver to the official voter registration site. This enables the solicitor to be paid for each registration, where this is legal. It also enables the campaign to make a photocopy of the voter’s registration form, where this is legal. However, most official voter registration drives rely on person-to-person contact—difficult with Covid19. They also usually mandate significant training, and involve substantial fines for any failures, including failure to deliver every voter registration form on time. Several Republican campaigners were arrested for destroying democratic registrations in Nevada during a Presidential election. In all, the cost per VRD registration might be at least $10, all in, or $69 estimated in the official Florida drive, while RegisterRenters is a usually a dollar a vote—a fraction of regulated drives, and without direct contact, so it is safer with COVID19. The link to the most current guidelines for official Voter Registration Drives can be found at THIS LINK.
Where are the main concentrations of unregistered voters in Kentucky? Many of the residents, and probably most of the renters, live in three Metropolitian Statistical Areas of Louisville, Lexington and Elizabethtown. Other college towns are very important, too. And Kentucky has important rural counties where African-Americans constitute a large group that has been traditionally discouraged from registering to vote.
RegisterRenters.org has never ignored the potential unregistered voters in rural areas, but the costs per voter can be much higher, and the proportion of progressive voters has traditionally been lower. This is not to mean RegisterRenters.org does not value these voters, but they must be targeted in local campaigns.
RegisterRenters.org began with a very successful focus on local campaigns for legislative candidates in Colorado. Since starting in 2004, we have helped win, sustain and increase majorities in both houses, even though our efforts have been declining as the ColoradoHouseMajorityProject.org has become stronger, the SenateMajorityProject has become successful, and we have elected a very progressive Governor.
If you support RegisterRenters.org or similar organizations on the local level, you will see your rural areas increasingly represented by caring, progressive candidates and office holders in your legislatures, your counties, cities and school districts. But it takes time and commitment. We can only hope we have the time.
How can we learn more about Amy McGrath, your Senate candidate? Having good candidates is the most important element of politics. If we had more candidates like Senator Jones, we would certainly have a better country. You can find his site here: www.amyMcgraff.com
By clicking on the site, you can learn more about Marine Lt. Col McGrath, her positions, her past, and how you can help. While you are on her site, we encourage you to volunteer, to make a contribution, and to link her to your social media. By the way, you may also want to add Amy’s podcasts, ON DUTY WITH AMY MCGRATH.