Voters in Campbell County’s 67th House District are being urged to vote in the special election on Feb. 25 by Vote for NKY, the nonpartisan organization that helped drive increased turnout in Northern Kentucky in the November statewide election.
Vote for NKY, which is led by the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce of Commerce (NKY Chamber) along regional businesses and organizations, is once again using traditional media, social media, and voter-engagement activities to help drive voter turnout in the special election.
Candidates in the special election are Democrat Rachel Roberts of Newport and Republican Mary Jo Wedding of Bellevue. The 67th House District covers the cities of Newport, Bellevue, Dayton, Wilder, Silver Grove, Melbourne and precincts in Highland Heights and Southgate. The special election will fill the vacancy created when Gov. Andy Beshear appointed former State Rep. Dennis Keene of Wilder as appointed Commissioner of the Department of Local Government.
The hub of this Get Out The Vote (GOTV) effort for both the special election and the upcoming May primary is the Vote for NKY website, votenky.com. Voters can also engage and learn more about these elections through its social-media platforms:
“Special elections typically have a low voter turnout because these elections are not held on days when voters are used to going to the polls,” said NKY Chamber President & CEO Brent Cooper. “But the stakes are just as high in this election as a general or primary election. When our people come out and vote, Northern Kentucky gets the attention, funding, and resources from our leaders in Frankfort. When we don’t vote that attention, funding, and resources go to other parts of the state where residents show up and vote in strong numbers."
“We were proud to be part of the collaborative effort last November, which included candidates, businesses, individuals, organizations and others, that increased Northern Kentucky voter turnout by double-digit numbers,” Cooper said. “We urge all voters in the 67th House District to keep that momentum going, and we look forward to increasing even larger voter turnout in the 2020 May primary and November general elections.”
It is important to know that some polling locations for the special election have changed. Precinct locations for this election are posted on the website of Campbell County Clerk Jim Luersen.
Last year, following Vote for NKY’s GOTV effort, voter turnout substantially increased in all three Northern Kentucky counties from 2015 to 2019:
Boone County turnout increased from 25 percent to 38 percent
Campbell County turnout increased from 29 percent to 41 percent
Kenton County increased from 25 percent to 37 percent.
“As a first-year campaign, we were extremely pleased with the results of our get-out-the-vote campaign efforts across Northern Kentucky,” Cooper said. “Not only does voting hold our elected officials accountable, it is also the pillar of our democracy. We look forward to continuing and boosting this effort in 2020.”