Kentucky Secretary of State predicts low voter turnout for general election

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky's chief election officer is
predicting that as few as 25 to 28 percent of the state's
registered voters will go to the polls on Nov. 8 to elect a
governor and several other state-level officials.
Secretary of State Elaine Walker made the prediction on Monday
based on the small number of people who are voting early through
absentee ballots and on a perceived lack of interest in state-level
races this year.
As of Monday, only 9,500 voters had cast absentee ballots.
That's compared with 37,000 such ballots that had been cast at this
point in the 2007 general election when the same offices were up
for grabs.
Walker said she's not sure voters know about the upcoming
election, though gubernatorial candidates are advertising heavily
on Kentucky TV stations.

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