Politics


Voter turnout in Kentucky appears to have beaten the national average.

About 58.9 percent of Kentucky’s 3.3 million registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. That’s a few points higher than the national average of 56.9, estimated by the U.S. Election Project.

Voter turnout across the commonwealth’s 120 counties ranged from 44 to 67 percent.

An analysis of data shows counties with higher turnout had more registered Democrats, though the majority of these voters cast ballots for Trump.

Of the big turnout counties, more than 80 percent had a voting pool that was mostly registered as Democratic.

The highest turnout rates occurred in Spencer and Woodford counties. Both counties went red for Romney in 2012, but Woodford has long had more registered Democrats than Republicans.

In Spencer County, Trump got 3.7 times as many votes as Clinton. In Woodford, he only pulled in 1.6 times as many.

The counties with the lowest turnout rates were Bell, Christian, Fulton.

See our map of county by county voting in the presidential election. (Read “Kentucky Turned A Deeper Shade Of Red On Election Day. See Just How Much.“)

Data reporter Alexandra Kanik can be reached at akanik@kycir.org or (502) 814.6508.

Alexandra Kanik brings the numbers to life as the data reporter for WFPL News and the Ohio Valley ReSource.