Voter Registration Near Record

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The most recent report states that there are more than 2.76 million Kentucky citizens who are eligible to vote in the 2006 general election.
The Warren County Clerks Office said more than 57, 000 of those voters are registered in Warren County.

"Everybody needs to exercise the right to vote; if you don't vote you don't have any say in anything," Warren County Clerk Dot Owens said.

The Secretary of State's office said more residents have registered to vote as democrat then republican since the May primary. Dot Owens said she's not surprised.

Owens also said Warren County has always been known to be more Democratic. She also links Warren County's boom in voter registration to Warren County's big ballot which she calls the "largest by far."

"This is the first time a lot of races have come at the same time," Owens said. According to the Warren County Clerk's office there are 50 races with 94 candidates.

Owens expects about a 30 percent turnout for this year's primary but wishes it were more like 50 percent. She also said the turnout is still not as high as the last presidential election when more than 60 percent of Warren County turned out.

"I don't know if they think the presidential election is a more important race, or if they by pass everything else," Owens said. "I don't know why they don't come out for local races because local races govern our county."

See "Election '06" on our website to see interviews with candidates in and around Warren County.