Low Turnout Expected For Tuesday's Primary Election

By: Jon Sonnheim Email
By: Jon Sonnheim Email

Just one day before this year's primary election in Kentucky, the buzz around the state is, there's not that much buzz.

Officials are expecting only 15 percent of the eligible registered voters to show up at the polls Tuesday.

Everything from an abundance of candidates, to a simple lack of interest in politics has been cited for the expected apathy in this year's election. Even the fact that voters could be deciding Kentucky's next governor doesn't appear to be drawing that many people to the booths.

You can push it, twist it, or even mail in your vote, but the bottom line is when you sit at home, you ultimately don't have a voice in the election.

"Nobody's talking about it. You get out and talk to people and they say, what election," said Perry County Clerk Haven King.

State election officials like Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who stopped by our sister station WKYT earlier Monday morning say they're expecting only 15 percent of Democratic and Republican voters to cast their ballots this election.

"Everything I've heard from campaigns to folks in the media, to election officials, we're probably all looking at a little bit less than 2003, and that was 17 percent," Grayson said.

But with nearly 50 percent of registered voters coming out for last November's election, why such the disparity?

"Apathy I think as much as anything. Not a whole lot of offices except the governor's race and people figure when it comes time for the general election, then they'll go out and vote," said Charles Douglas.

Of course, with several local politicians running statewide on this ballot, some hope Eastern Kentucky voters will turn out at a little higher percentage than the rest of the state. Just remember no matter how you vote, every vote counts.

If you have any problems voting Tuesday, you are urged to call your local county clerks or the voter fraud hotline at 1-800-372-2988

With talk of a possible runoff election on the Democratic side, this election should be an interesting one.


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