Thursday, October 29, 2015

Grimes predicts low turnout in Kentucky governor's race

(AP) — Kentucky's chief election official said she expects fewer than 1 million of Kentucky's 3.2 million registered voters will cast ballots in the state's general election on Tuesday.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said 14,000 people have voted absentee as of Monday. That's down from 27,000 people who had voted absentee at this time in 2011, when Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear won re-election.

Grimes said she suspects many voters are more focused on the 2016 presidential election, which has dominated national media coverage. She noted that while voter registration numbers have increased, voter participation in the last two gubernatorial elections have fallen.

Polls open at 6 a.m. local time on Tuesday and close at 6 p.m. local time. Voters can verify their registration and polling place location online at elect.ky.gov