Absentee Voting Down Slightly In Kentucky

by Gabe Bullard on October 25, 2010

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.

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Ray Nicholson October 27, 2010 at 12:07 am

Hi, I am a student doing research on Senate elections and more specifically the race between Conway and Paul for the open Senate seat. I was under the impression from the Kentucky State Board of Elections that “Kentucky law does not provide for early voting” (http://elect.ky.gov/registrationinfo/absenteeballot.htm). With that said, how are people voting early in person? Do you have more specific numbers on what percent of Kentucky voters have already voted?

Gabe Bullard October 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

Voters cannot cast an absentee ballot without an excuse. You can vote early in person if you won’t be able to vote on Election Day.

Gregory Tarle November 2, 2010 at 1:43 am

I don’t be informed on you, but I’ve been waiting for this day for almost couple of years. There is a lots of good news out right now there: AFSCME and the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee taking out loans to fuel their attack ads; Barney Frank loaning himself $200, 000. despite having their own money that they don’t know when to fix spending, why should we expect they could do any better together with ours?

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