State election officials predicted 10 percent voter turnout or less today, and several Boyle County precincts saw fewer than 10 voters total during the first hour-and-a-half the polls were open.
Low absentee voting indicated voters may be few and far between to choose candidates for several state races, including the Republican primary for governor. The race will decide who faces incumbent Democrat Steve Beshear in November’s general election.
Other races, including secretary of state and commissioner of agriculture, and a lack of local elections have failed to stir interest.
Locally, those who turned out early appeared to a be a mix of people interested in the governor’s race and those who say they go to the polls no matter how unglamorous the contests on the ballot are.
“I believe in voting, and there are a lot of people who gave their lives for that right,” Gene Shaw said as he exited the polls at Inter-County Energy. “I try to vote every time. Even if I’m out of town, I submit an absentee ballot.”