Northern Kentucky Chamber says poor voter turnout in region is responsible for lack of attention

08/31/2014 08:41 AM

COVINGTON – One thing that has plagued Northern Kentucky during recent elections has been low voter turnout and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce is looking to change that by partnering with groups to get more area voters to the polls.

During the recent May primary, Boone County had the second lowest turnout rate in the state with 16.94 percent going to the polls while Kenton County and Campbell County weren’t much better with Kenton at 17.85 percent and Campbell coming in at 20.35 percent.

All three counties were well below the state average of 27 percent.

“Our hope is, if we highlight this and work together as a community with business leaders and non-profit leaders and use some of the things that political scientists have learned that can actually generate higher voter turnout,” Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President Trey Grayson said.

For years, Northern Kentucky legislators have been frustrated with low voter turnout, saying that it is a reason the region is largely ignored by leaders statewide.

“When you’re running for statewide office and you have a primary, you go where the votes are,” Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, said in an interview with Pure Politics. “If we continue to have poor primary turnout, we’re going to continue to get not an much attention as we deserve from Frankfort.”

The chamber has also been in consultation with the Scripps Howard Center at Northern Kentucky University to try to develop strategies to get more voters to come out and vote.


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