I hope everyone has the chance to get to the polls today to ensure that their voices are heard! In honor of today's Primary Elections, I thought we'd take a look at some Bluegrass State election trivia.
1. Under 1824, any Kentuckian who was found to have voted twice was assessed a $10 fine.
|Hatfield-McCoy Election Fight sign, Pike County.|
2. In 1838, Kentucky became the first state to give women the right to vote in School Board elections.
|Josephine Henry, the first woman to campaign for a statewide office in Kentucky|
3. After a highly contested election, Kentucky's governor, William Goebel, was fatally shot as he was taking the Oath of Office on January 30, 1900.
|Governor William Goebel served a tragically brief term of office.|
4. Kentucky lowered its voting age requirement from 20 to 18 in 1955, nearly twenty years before the right was afforded by the Twenty-Sixth Amendment.
|Campaign poster for Kentucky's most famous candidate.|
5. In 1983, Kentuckians elected Martha Layne Collins, the seventh woman to be governor of a U.S. State.
|Kentucky's fifty-sixth Governor, Martha Layne Collins|
Now get out and vote, y'all!