Primary Voter Turnout Even Lower Than Predicted

May 21, 2014

Candidates, friends and family hold signs at the corner of Scottsville Road and Nashville Road in Bowling Green on Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
Credit Abbey Oldham

There was light voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election; just 26 percent of registered Kentucky voters cast a ballot.

Little over a quarter of the state’s record 3.1 million registered voters participated in the primary, which decided hundreds of races across the Commonwealth.

Turnout was highest in some Eastern Kentucky counties, most notably those in which the Kentucky Attorney General's office says instances of vote buying were highest.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who won her Democratic primary in her bid to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, correctly predicted that turnout would not rise above 30 percent.