Low turnout projected for Tuesday primary despite big races

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WKYT) - Kentucky's chief election official is projecting about 12.5% of the state's registered voters will turn out for Tuesday's primary election.

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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Thursday it appears turnout on Tuesday will be consistent with past primary elections, based partly on current absentee voting patterns.

Grimes says it's "not OK" for such a small portion of Kentuckians to vote and says she hopes more Kentuckians go to the polls to prove her prediction wrong.

"There will be more people that will show up across Kentucky and visit Walmarts on Election Day than will show up and vote at the polls for who is going to run things in Frankfort," Grimes told WKYT's Bill Bryant on Kentucky Newsmakers, which aired Sunday morning. "We can do better. We should be doing better."

Kentuckians will be selecting nominees for governor and other statewide constitutional offices.

Grimes tracks absentee ballot totals as an indicator of Election Day turnout. Based on current statistics, Grimes projects next week's turnout will be in the range of the 2015 primary election when nearly 12.6 percent of Kentuckians voted.

She also urged voters to get out to the polls and prove her projection wrong.

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