Voter turnout for Kentucky's November election could be 20-30%, says Secretary of State

10/05/2011 06:17 PM

Initial reports from Kentucky’s county clerks indicate voters aren’t yet enthusiastic about the Nov. 8 election, prompting election officials to brace for a dismal turnout of less than 30 percent, said Secretary of State Elaine Walker.

“That’s probably the range we’re looking at — 20 to 30. I’ve got people who are adamant that it’s going to be 15 percent. And I’ve got some who say it’s probably going to be about 27 percent,” Walker said in the interview, which aired Tuesday night on Pure Politics.

This spring, about 10 percent of Democrats turned out to vote and 13 percent of Republicans in the primary elections.

Here is the turnout for the most recent gubernatorial elections:

  • 2007 primary — 22% Democratic and 20% Republican
  • 2007 general — 37%

  • 2003 primary — 18% Democratic and 17% Republican
  • 2003 general — 40%
  • 1999 primaries — 5%
  • 1999 general — 22%

Clerks are currently taking applications for absentee ballots, which can be distributed up to Nov. 1. The deadline for new voters to register is Oct. 11.

Of the new voters since the May primary, more than half have been Republicans, according to a Pure Politics review of the numbers.

Republicans added more than 13,000 voters between the primary and Sept. 15. Democrats, meanwhile, added more than 5,500. And about 4,000 new voters registered as independent or other parties. See how that compares to 2010 at 3:05 of the video.

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