Voter turnout might not crack 30 percent in Tuesday's primary, Grimes says

05/15/2014 01:07 PM

Fewer absentee ballots returned ahead of Tuesday’s primary indicates voter turnout could be less than 30 percent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday.

Past primaries in non-presidential years— especially with many local offices on the ballot— have seen voter turnout percentages in the low 30s. But Grimes said the number of absentee ballots county clerks have mailed out or that voters have picked up is lagging behind the totals from those previous elections. So far, clerks have received 21,201 absentee ballots.

Grimes said some regions of Kentucky have seen strong interest in Tuesday’s primaries, she said eastern and southern Kentucky where ballots are filled with multiple candidates running for local offices have seen solid early interest in the elections. Voters have also been more engaged in central Kentucky counties such as Franklin, Jessamine, Madison and Scott as well as northern Kentucky where Republicans in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties have many contested races in which to vote.

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