Just over 30% of registered Kentucky voters will exercise their right to choose the commonwealth's leaders next week, the state's top election official is predicting.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Tuesday that she is expecting about 1 million voters, or 31% of the state's 3.5 million registered voters, to turn up at the polls Nov. 5.
"Based on current absentee voting, I believe turnout will be at or above the 2015 General Election," Grimes said in a statement. "It's simply not OK that only a small portion of Kentuckians will possibly elect our next constitutional officers. Our democracy depends on people showing up to the polls to make their voices heard."
Grimes and her office base the prediction on absentee ballot totals. Officials said if the prediction proves correct, the voter total would slightly edge out 2015's General Election, when 30.7% of registered voters turned out.