Ballard County has low voter turnout for Kentucky Primary elections

WICKLIFFE, Ky. (KBSI) – Ballard County Clerk Kaite Mercer revealed that approximately 110 people showed up to vote for the Kentucky Primary on Tuesday, May 16. Mercer mentioned that there were three days of early voting before the primary, and the state estimated a turnout of around 10%.  

She also noted the lack of political signs in the area, indicating that many people might not have been aware that an election was taking place. 

Mercer expressed surprise at the lack of attention and interest in this year’s primary election, especially considering the decent turnout during the previous local elections.  

She acknowledged that people tend to show up more for the presidential election but emphasized the importance of understanding the impact that state elections have on their communities.  

“You never know when a disaster is going to strike your area, and having strong leadership in Frankfort is a must,” Mercer stated. 

In an effort to facilitate voting for the residents, Mercer and her team set up five additional polling stations throughout the city. Furthermore, voters had the option to vote by mail.  

Mercer hopes for a better turnout in the upcoming general election in November. 

“Hoping that the turnout is a whole lot better for the general election. All you need is a driver’s license and be ready to vote,” Mercer concluded. 

The primary elections in Ballard County reflect a concerning trend of low voter engagement, highlighting the need for increased awareness and understanding of the significance of state-level elections. 

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