This paper performs an in-depth historical analysis in order to attempt to discover why Kentucky voters often split ticket vote between the national and local levels. Two theories are analyzed for validity: the coal union influence school of thought and the racial diversity school of thought Both qualitative and quantitative analyses were performed. The coal union influence theory was p1·oved not to have significance; the coal unions have had little influence on Kentucky voting patterns throughout history and into the present day. The racial diversity school of thought was proven to have some significance; voters are influenced to a certain extent by the racial attitudes that have developed through history. Kentucky has low racial diversity and more split ticket voting than any other state in the US.
South, Kelli; Deppen, Chase; Gilbert, Mathew; and McDonald, Ryan
"Do Coal Unions and Racial Diversity Affect Split Ticket Voting in Kentucky?,"
Commonwealth Review of Political Science: Vol. 3:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/crps/vol3/iss1/6