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55 percent voter turnout predicted by Carney

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55.4 percent of local voters cast ballots in 2014 election

By Zac Oakes

 

Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney says he is projecting a 55 percent turnout for Election Day, set for next Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

The projection, Carney said, is close to the average turnout in Taylor County for a general election with local offices on the ballot. In 2014, about 55.4 percent of Taylor County residents cast their ballots. That number was slightly higher in 2010, when voter turnout was 59.9 percent. In 2006, Taylor County saw 57.7 percent of its resident vote. 

Carney said local elections tend to draw higher voter turnouts, and said with a ballot in which several local offices were up for grabs, this year should draw a solid turnout. General elections also typically draw larger turnouts than primary elections. Around 35 percent of registered voters in Taylor County voted in the May primary election.

Carney also said he wanted to emphasize the change in voting location for voters in the Old West precinct. Voters in that precinct will now vote at the new Taylor County Fire Department, at 1563 Greensburg Road. According to Carney, there will not be any precincts that vote at the Campbellsville Fire-Rescue Department on Broadway with the new change, as both the New West and Old West precincts will now vote at the Taylor County Fire Department on Greensburg Road. 

Every voter in the Old West precinct should have received a notice in the mail about the change in polling location, according to Carney. 

 

What to know when you go to the polls

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. As long as a person is in line by 6 p.m., they will be permitted to vote. 

According to Kentucky law (KRS 118.035), employees are allowed time off to vote as stated in the law, “no person shall be penalized for taking a reasonable time off to vote.” 

A sample ballot can be found on page Xx of this issue. 

A list of polling locations was published in last week’s issue of the CKNJ and is available online at www.cknj.com. 

If you do not know which precinct you are in, you can look up your polling place online through the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office at govoteky.org where you can fill out a form that asks for your name, date of birth, and last four digits of your social security number. 

Voters can also contact the Taylor County Clerk’s Office for information about their polling place at 270-465-6677. 

 

Voter Registration

At the close of registration for the general election, Taylor County has 18,527 voters registered to vote on Election Day. Of those, 9,738 are registered Republicans; 7,700 are registered Democrats; 380 are registered Independent, 29 are Libertarian, 5 are registered with the Green Party, 4 are registered with the Constitution Party, 1 with the Reform Party, and 3 with the Socialist Workers Party. 

According to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office, of the registered voters in Taylor County, 9,881 are female and 8,645 are male. 

Since the primary election in May, Taylor County has 181 more registered voters.