This year's hotly contested presidential election has spurred a record number of voters to register in Kentucky and that increase is reflected in Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer counties, which all show a bump in registration figures since the May primary election.
"In the last two weeks it's been a record - I've never seen so many people in here," said Barbara Gay, a deputy Garrard County clerk, where 228 new voters have registered since May. "I don't know whether it's the controversy over the war in Iraq or that the planning and zoning controversy here has just generally spurred an interest in politics or what. We've had a lot of younger people coming in, which is good. People are generally just taking more of an interest this year."
According to figures released last week by Secretary of State Trey Grayson, there are 2.79 million people on Kentucky's voter rolls for the Nov. 2 election. That's an increase of 87,693 voters - or just more than 3 percent - from those registered for the May primary election.