County clerks predict large election voter turnout in northern Kentucky

11/05/2016 09:22 AM

Election officials in northern Kentucky, which has traditionally had some of the lowest voter turnout percentages in the state, say that the projected turnout for next week’s election will be slightly higher than the 60 percent that Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes had projected statewide.

Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen said late Thursday afternoon that between the mail-in absentee and the in-office absentee ballots, approximately 3,000 of the 71,000 registered voters in the county have already cast their ballots.

“Typically, historically, our presidential elections have had 65 percent turnout here in Campbell County and I anticipate that being at least that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it goes higher to 70 or maybe 75 percent,” Luersen said.

Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe says that her office has received 2,000 absentee ballots thus far and predicts the total turnout percentage in her county will be around 65 percent.

Summe says that will mean crowded polling places at certain peak times of the day such as early morning, noon and late afternoon.

“We just need people to know that there will be lines, be patient, people will be checking them in as quickly as they can,” Summe said. “Especially if there’s just one clerk who’s now possibly doubling the amount of people they normally see.”

Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown says that his office had received 4,356 absentee ballots as of the end of the day on Thursday.

Brown estimates that 65 percent of the registered voters in Boone County will go to the polls on Tuesday.

Summe says registered voters can go to govote.ky.com to double check registration information as well as find out the location of where they will be voting.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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