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About 49 percent turnout expected for next week’s election

Same percent as in 2006 and 2010

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 31, 2014) — Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today projected approximately 49 percent of the 3.1 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out for Tuesday’s General Election.

vote_banner“After reviewing absentee data provided by our county clerks and historical turnout in similar election cycles, I forecast that nearly half of registered Kentucky voters will cast ballots in Tuesday’s General Election,” Grimes said. “But as the commonwealth’s chief advocate for civic engagement, I am hopeful that as many as are registered will participate.”

In 2010, a similar midterm cycle with one U.S. Senate race and county offices on the ballot in Kentucky, 49 percent of voters went to the polls. About 49.5 percent of the Kentucky electorate voted in the 2006 midterm cycle.

As of Oct. 27, absentee votes on machines in county clerks’ offices totaled 22,390 and 21,598 absentee ballots had been mailed to voters.