Early voter turnout is down in Kentucky. The drop could affect some high-profile races, if it spills over into Election Day.
Compared to the last midterm election in 2006, absentee and early in-person voting are down about nine percent. Secretary of State spokesperson Les Fugate says it’s unclear why.
“Many of the county clerks said you can tell voters are very frustrated with what’s going on in Frankfort and in Washington, but they don’t see a lot of enthusiasm for particular candidates. And it’s usually candidates who drive turnout, not frustration,” he says.
Fugate says there’s still time for voters to fill in the gap, either through more early voting or high turnout on Election Day. The drop doesn’t signal a large change in predicted turnout, but it could be enough to affect close races for Senate and for the mayor’s office in Louisville and Lexington. The Secretary of State’s office will update its numbers and predict turnout later this week.