Kentucky officials said Monday that just under a third of eligible voters in the state will likely vote in the next election, where Gov. Matt Bevin (R) is facing a reelection battle against Attorney General Andy Beshear (D).
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said last week that her office projects that just 31 percent of registered voters will likely cast a ballot, slightly up from the last gubernatorial election in the state four years ago, The Lexington Herald Leader reported.
Bevin's reelection bid is being closely watched by political analysts, with three polls of the race recognized by RealClearPolitics showing a tight race between Bevin and Beshear, the son of Kentucky's former governor.
Grimes said in a statement that she was disappointed to make the low turnout projection, and urged more registered voters to turn out for Tuesday's election.
“It’s simply not OK that only a small portion of Kentuckians will possibly elect our next constitutional officers,” she said, according to the Herald Leader. “Our democracy depends on people showing up to the polls to make their voices heard. I challenge all registered voters to get up, get out and get loud and exercise their right to vote on Tuesday.”
Beshear pointed to his campaign's voter turnout efforts last week at a campaign stop in Louisville, telling voters that his supporters had canvassed nearly 1 million voters ahead of Tuesday's election.
“All across Kentucky we see people ready to get out and not only vote but to volunteer,” he reportedly said. “We have had over 1,000 separate volunteers helping to knock on more than 900,000 doors and in the last days of the campaign we are going to have 3,000. That shows the type of energy we got and why we are going to win