Big turnout a pleasant surprise, warning for future
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – This year’s pandemic-influenced election process posed numerous questions.
And while state officials were pleased with the outcomes, at the end of what’s been a whirlwind week, they realize questions remain.
A little more than a million people voted in this year’s election. That’s a little more than 29 percent voter turnout which is 9 percent more than 2016, despite the pandemic.
That was more than anticipated and with all the votes finally counted and recorded Tuesday, a week after the actual primary date, Secretary of State Michael Adams said he ” couldn’t be happier with how things went.”
Now state officials start looking to November as they plan for the general election. And already discussions are starting about what to keep, what to change, what to improve.
For instance, Adams wants more in-person voting places.
Most officials also want to keep the expanded by-mail voting and no-excuses early voting. They also want better ways for voters to track their mail-in ballots.
“We will have discussions,” Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday afternoon during his briefing, referring to Adams.
“But when some things work and we have a historic turnout, we should build on that,” the governor added.