By Tony McVeigh, Kentucky Public Radio
Kentucky’s May 18th primary election is only two weeks away, and Secretary of State Trey Grayson is predicting voter turnout will be about the same as four years ago.
In the comparable election year of 2006, 28-percent of Kentucky Republicans and 31-percent of Democrats went to the polls in the primary. Based on that, absentee balloting and anecdotal reports, Secretary of State Trey Grayson believes voter turnout May 18th will be around 30-percent.
“But you’ve got to remember this is going to vary significantly from county to county. There will be counties that’ll have 60-percent turnout most likely. And there will be counties that will have 10-percent.”
Grayson says recent flooding damaged voting machines in Bath and Casey counties, but there’s enough time to replace them. That’s also the case with some paper ballots damaged in Warren County. All in all, Grayson is predicting a smooth election.