Secretary of State Michael Adams recently predicted a 10% turnout for the May 16th primary election in Kentucky. This sounded unusually low to me, so I compiled 23 years of primary election data to determine the nadir of Kentucky primary turnout during that period.
The lowest I found was the year 2011, when the primary turnout was 10.4%. If we dip below 10.4% this cycle, it will be a modern low.
There are variables influencing turnout for every election, and comparing state constitutional election turnout to legislative, congressional, and presidential elections is not apples to apples. Still, 10% is really low, and would be disappointing.
So, regardless of which party you belong to, please vote – and encourage your friends to vote too.