voter turnout

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says projecting voter turnout in the Lexington area for the Primary Election is a difficult task.  He joins other experts in the field in projecting a light voter response as Democrats pick their presidential candidate and Republicans and Democrats both choose their U.S. Senate nominees. 

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Ky. Secretary of State Ups Prediction of Voter Turnout

Nov 2, 2015

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says there’s been a surge in the number of people voting absentee this election. 

Grimes says because of the spike, she’s now predicting Tuesday's voter turnout will equal or even exceed that of the last governor’s race. 

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says absentee voting is not a guaranteed predictor of participation.  “There’s a loose correlation between absentee turnout and the actual turnout at the election," said Blevins. "I don’t know that it tracks exactly one for one, so it’s gonna be hard to say.”

Although campaign advertisement spending this spring is well below last year, it still could impact voter turnout come Tuesday.  Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes predicts one out of 10 registered voters will go to the polls.  Grimes says money spent on political ads this year is also probably a tenth of what was paid last year.  "There is no question and no doubt that negative nasty ads, it doesn't have the impact of actually positively bringing folks out to vote, but rather deterring them from getting out on Election Day," said Grimes.

Secretary of State Elaine Walker is predicting low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky, even though voter registration numbers are up.  A record 2.9 million Kentuckians are now registered to vote. That’s 11,000 more than in the 2008 General Election, the previous record. But getting voters excited about Tuesday’s primary appears to be a tough sale, says Secretary of State Elaine Walker. She’s predicting voter turnout of around nine to ten percent.