WKU Public Radio News Staff
Wed November 3, 2004
Record Turnout For Election Day
Louisville, KY – State officials say there was a record turnout for the elction Tuesday despite long lines at polling places and rain that blanketed the state.
More than 1.7 million Kentuckians cast ballots in the Presidential race, markign a 64% turnout state-wide.
Les Fugate of the Secretary of State's office says that in sheer numbers, it was the most Kentuckians ever to cast ballots.
Kentucky had a higher percentage of registered voters cast ballots in 1992, when 73% voted in the Presidential race. But, Fugate says there were fewer registered voters in the state then.
During the 2000 general election 60.4% of the 2.56 million registered voters in kentucky cast ballots for a presidential candidate.
Nationally, about 120 million people cast ballots which is just under 60% of eligible voters, the highest percentage since 1968.