Turnout here likely to top state average

By BETH CRACE and ANDREW TANGEL State Journal Staf Published:

With sunny skies and a heated governor's race in the election day forecast, local political watchers are predicting voter turnout should be pretty steady.

But the number of people casting their votes across the state is likely to fall far below the number of Franklin Countians who'll be heading to the polls Tuesday.

Franklin County Court Clerk Guy Ziegler predicted a solid turnout here, estimating between 54 and 57 percent of locally registered voters will be making their way to the polls.

"I'd say we're going to vote about 16,000 to 17,000. Right at 54 percent," said Ziegler. "We might get 18,000."

Secretary of State John Y. Brown III predicts that 40 percent of eligible Kentuckians will vote in Tuesday's elections because neither gubernatorial candidate is an incumbent, said Patsy Casey, executive staff adviser to the secretary's office.

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