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12.5 Percent Voter Turnout Expected in Kentucky's Primary on Tuesday

Approximately 12.5 percent of the 3.4 million Kentuckians registered to vote will turn out for next week's primary election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projected Thursday.

"Based on historical data and current absentee voting patterns, it appears the turnout in this year's primary election will be consistent with the past primary elections," said Grimes. "It is not okay that a small portion of Kentuckians will vote to elect the Commonwealth's next constitutional officers." 

In Northern Kentucky, the turnout is often lower than that in primary elections for the statewide constitutional offices. In the 2015 primary, Boone County produced a 9.3 percent turnout, while Kenton voters went to the polls at a rate of 9.2 percent, and Campbell turnout was 9 percent.

Grimes tracks absentee ballot totals as an indicator of final turnout on Election Day. According to current statistics, Grimes projects turnout for the May 21 primary election will be in the range of the 2015 primary election, when about 12.57 percent of 3.1 million Kentuckians voted, respectively.

As of Monday, more than 5,644 in-person absentee votes had been recorded in county clerks’ offices and nearly 4,518 mail-in absentee ballots had been sent to voters who had requested them. 

In the 2015 Primary Election 399,196 of Kentucky's 3,175,905 registered voters cast ballots.

"It’s not okay that more than half of our voters choose not to participate. Prove my prediction wrong, choose to show up to vote on Tuesday," said Grimes. 

Voters can prepare to vote in Kentucky's Primary Election on Tuesday, May 21 by checking their polling places and viewing sample ballots through GoVoteKY.com.

Polls are open in Kentucky on Tuesday, May 21 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

-Staff report