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Kentucky's top election official dials back primary turnout prediction

Josh James

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams had put his office's turnout guess at around 23%, but even that number may be too optimistic.

In a tweet Monday, Adams now says he expects turnout closer to just 20%.

On a recent appearance on KET, he said it's unfortunate that interest is often low in the smaller local contests.

"People skip the midterm elections frequently. They've got it backwards. Who your mayor is, who your county judge-executive is, your city council, all of that, matters way more to your daily life, your quality of life, than who the president is."
Secretary of State Michael Adams

Adams went on to say, "In many of our counties, they're very red or very blue counties, so the primary is the general. So it's really important you vote in this primary."

According to Adams' office, as of close-of-business on Saturday, 29% of absentee ballots remained outstanding. Those must be received by 6 pm local time on Tuesday and can be delivered to dropboxes at county clerks offices.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.