Secretary of State
More Kentuckians Vote than Ever Before, Election a Success

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 05, 2008  
Contact Information:  Les Fugate, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
Office: (502) 564-3490
Cell: (502) 229-3803

(Frankfort, KY)  Unofficial results from the 2008 general election indicate that over 1,825,000 people voted in the 2008 general election, setting a new record for voter turnout in Kentucky.  The Office of the Secretary of State estimates the turnout percentage to be 63% of the 2.9 million registered voters in Kentucky.  Final numbers will not be available for several months until after the precinct rosters are scanned and voter credit is assigned to registered voters.

            The previous record, set in 2004, was 1,809,102, but was 64.7% of the 2004 electorate.

            “I am delighted that so many Kentuckians chose to participate in this historic election,” remarked Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Kentucky’s chief election official.  “The record breaking turnout speaks volumes to Kentuckians commitment to the democratic process.”

            Grayson also noted the success of the election, “On the whole, this election was very successful.  Outside of some isolated challenges, there were few complaints or issues for election officials to address.  It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our county clerks, county boards of elections, the state board of elections, and the thousands of poll workers across Kentucky who sacrificed to make this election run so effectively and efficiently.”

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