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Wed October 27, 2010
Grayson predicts 48 percent voter turnout
By Tony McVeigh
Kentucky – Election Day in Kentucky is next Tuesday and it looks like voter turnout will be fairly strong, but not as high as in presidential election years. Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh has the numbers.
Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson is predicting voter turnout of around 48 percent for Tuesday's election. But he says it could be higher in cities like Louisville, which is having a spirited mayoral race.
"Having an open mayor's race... the campaign that the two candidates have run... the effort that they're putting into it. I suspect that Louisville will be a little bit higher. Lexington could be. Again you have a competitive mayor's race there. You don't always have that."
Turnout in Kentucky was around 48 percent in 1998 and 2002, and those too were non-presidential election years with U.S. Senate races on the ballot. Turnout for the 2008 presidential election in Kentucky was 64 percent.