Grimes expects 60 percent, or about 1.9 million registered voters, to cast ballots in Kentucky this year
11/02/2016 05:27 PM
FRANKFORT – Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicted Wednesday that 60 percent of Kentucky’s 3.3 million registered voters will hit the polls on Nov. 8.
That’s based on the roughly 36,700 absentee ballots requested and 47,000 who have voted absentee in person so far, Grimes said during a Capitol news conference.
A 60 percent turnout would be slightly higher than 2012, when 59 percent of Kentuckians cast ballots, but lower than 2008, when turnout was 64 percent.
“My hope is that we will have a majority of our 3.3 million registered voters getting out to have their voice heard, they will translate that registration into participation,” Grimes said. “… The only way you can have your voice heard is if you actually drop that remote, go grab your coat if it’s not 80 degrees outside on Nov. 8, and actually go vote.”
She also addressed assertions from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump of a “rigged” election against him, touting the security of state elections and calling the election process here “transparent” and “bipartisan.”
“It is worth noting that across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, we are talking about over 3,700 precincts that are manned by our 15,000 precinct election officers,” Grimes said.
“None of our equipment utilized on Election Day is connected to the Internet, but we remain and have a heightened vigilance toward any efforts to interfere with our elections. To date, we have not had any intrusions into our systems.”
She also noted the success of online voter registration at GoVoteKY.com, saying that about 106,000 new voters registered through the portal, most of them 18- to 25-year-olds.
The state will continue a pilot project implementing electronic poll books during the Nov. 8 elections, with voters in Jefferson, Kenton, Franklin, McCracken, Madison, Floyd and Boyle counties using iPads rather than paper poll books to sign in before they cast ballots, Grimes said.
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