County clerks expect a light turnout in today's primary election, despite a steady early turnout in two counties with contested local races.
Boyle County Clerk Denise Curtsinger said early reports indicated "steady, nothing spectacular" turnout with a city commission race on the ballot. "We just don't think there's going to be much of a turnout here, or across the state," she said.
In Mercer County, where the ballot headliners include the judge-executive and 55th District state representative positions, clerk Ronnie Compton said "It's been steady so far. I've been to two of our largest precincts this morning and it was a pretty steady flow. But honestly, we're expecting a light turnout today."
George O. Spoonamore, clerk in Lincoln County, was more succinct. "Worse than poor," he said when asked about projected turnout. "We don't have any local races on our ballot, and I'm afraid it's going to be a very slow day."