Boyd County saw 3,700 more voters submit ballots in 2019 than 2015, which is a substantial increase.
It’s still not enough.
A realistic goal for a state featuring several statewide offices should be at minimum 50%. Overall, election officers counted a total of 1,447,725 votes on Tuesday, accounting for 42% of registered voters in the Bluegrass. Again, not bad, but not enough.
Nearly 38% (11,266 of 29,750) of registered folks turned out in Greenup County, while Carter County yielded a 37% result (7,401 of 19,957).
Let’s take a look, specifically, at Boyd County’s bump. Why such a notable response?
A great deal of it, obviously, pertains to the polarization of Gov. Matt Bevin. The Andy Beshear advocates’ collective voice was louder.
Wonder how many of the 3,700 additional voters cast votes for the Democrat? Did the same 9,800 voters from four years ago visit the polls on Tuesday? Did they vote the same as they did then?
Were a portion of the Beshear votes more like Not-Matt-Bevin votes? Perhaps, but here’s the bottom line: You voted.
No matter the answers, the boost in Boyd County’s numbers should be considered a positive sign overall.
Let’s hope the primary reason people voted was to simply exercise their right to vote. What prompted them to vote for whom should be secondary.
Next year’s presidential election might also see a rise in response. Unfortunately, the No. 1 reason may be because Donald Trump creates controversy and invokes emotions — both positive and negative regarding Trump. Some of those emotions were on display Tuesday when a few area voters elected to participate in the CNHI “Pulse of the Voters” project. Those interviews will be available at dailyindependent.com later this month.
You’ll be able to relate with some of those interviewees. You may share some of the same reasons for why you plan to vote and for whom you plan to vote.
The most burning question is why not vote? That question applies to 66% of Boyd County’s registered voters.
What will it take to get you to the polls? As Ken Downs, an election officer at Fairview High School, said, it’s not uncommon to see folks limp or wheel into a polling station. If they can, why can’t you?