Surge needed for Kentucky to have 30 percent turnout

05/18/2010 05:58 PM

Kentucky would need a last-hour rush to the polls for the state to reach the 30 percent turnout level that Secretary of State Trey Grayson predicted, said communications director Les Fugate.

“It doesn’t feel like we’re going to get there,” he said. “But we said the very same thing in the 2008 primary and we actually surpassed our prediction.”

A few pockets of areas reported heavier than average turnout, including Laurel County which boasts a slew of races for local offices, Fugate said.

Several precincts in the east end of Louisville reported running out of ballots, which could be a sign of heavy turnout, Fugate said. That’s a majority Republican area and the home district of Metro Councilman Hal Heiner, who is running for mayor.

Other counties, such as Fayette and Shelby, seemed to be lagging behind turnout rates from 2006 — the last election with local offices on the ballot.

- Ryan Alessi

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