Whitesburg KY

Independents can’t vote in Kentucky primaries

A House committee has voted down a bill that would allow registered independents to vote in Republican and Democratic primaries in Kentucky.

The plan failed Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon said the legislation would have allowed more Kentucky voters to participate in primary elections plagued by low turnout.

Democrats worried that the bill would give the state’s 185,000 independents the potential to sway the outcomes of the major party primaries.

The legislation is Senate Bill 53. (AP)

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