Election officials expect high voter turnout for Midterm

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Election day is just one week away and as candidates continue to campaign, officials predict this midterm could see a higher than average turn out.

With just seven days until the election, candidates in central Kentucky are out in full force.

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Sixth congressional district democratic candidate Amy McGrath spent the day in Berea talking with voters while her opponent incumbent republican Andy Barr spoke with workers at the Toyota plant in Georgetown joined by special guest Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

This crucial house race has garnered national attention and according to election officials may contribute to what is expected to be a high turnout midterm election.

“There is some pretty strong emotion on both sides of the political spectrum but in this state in particular, a lot, even more emotion,” said Don Blevins, the Fayette County Clerk.

Tuesday was the last day for voters to request a mail-in absentee ballot.

Officials say they’ve seen a spike in absentee voting this year.

“We’re hoping that that indicates a larger than usual turnout on election day,” said Blevins.

While visits from President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden may have played a role in the expected high turn out, officials say voters may also be motivated by the local issues that have taken place in our state over the past year.

“About the pension system and what it’s done to the teachers and the state workers. So for all of those reasons we’re going to see more turn out than usual,” said Blevins.

Election day is next Tuesday November sixth.

Polls will be open from six a.m. to six p.m.