Grimes predicts highest primary voter turnout since 2010

05/17/2018 01:02 PM

FRANKFORT- Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, D-Kentucky, is projecting a turnout of 30 percent or less of the 3.3 million people registered to vote will head out the polls for Tuesday’s Primary Election.

A turnout of 30 percent would represent the highest turnout since the 2010 midterm Primary Elections, which saw 32 percent of Kentuckians turnout.

“Next Tuesday, I think you will see a Kentucky electorate that is beginning to get up, get out, and get loud with voters making their voices heard at the polls,” Grimes said. “We have witnessed dismal levels of participation in the last few years – 20 percent in 2016, a presidential election, and only 12 percent in the last Governor’s race in 2015. This year, I think we could see the number of Kentuckians going to the polls improving.”

Absentee ballot totals are being used as the indicator for the final turnout. As of Monday, nearly 25,000 voters had voted in person on machines in county clerks’ offices and around 12,000 absentee ballots were sent to voters. According to those statistics, Grimes predicts the turn out on May 22 will be on par with 2014 and 2010, when 26.8 percent and 32.2 percent of Kentuckians cast votes.

Polling place information and sample ballots can be found at .

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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