LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Polls open for Kentucky’s primary elections tomorrow. No matter big or small, communities across the Commonwealth are pouring in a lot of preparation.
“We want everybody to vote, we want everybody that wants to, to vote, Jessamine County Clerk Johnny Collier told FOX 56. Collier said his team is ready for Election Day, however, in Jessamine, the process has become more simplified. What was 36 assigned voting precincts is now 8 voting centers that are available to any registered voter in the county.
“We don’t anticipate a long wait at any of them and if somebody goes somewhere they wanted to go to originally if they go there’s and there’s a line, there’s seven other places they can go,” Collier said.
In Lexington, voters can expect a taller order. Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said it takes months of planning.
“It’s been a big chore to get ready for tomorrow and I think we’re ready we’re going to have 133 locations,” Blevins told FOX 56. Those 133 locations will house 286 total voting precincts. Registered voters in Lexington should have received a card in the mail directing them to their polling place.
However, no matter big or small, Blevins and Collier both expect the turnout to be slim.
“Traditionally in this particular election cycle Fayette county tends to turn out at about 27% which is a shame because this particular election cycle probably affects your more as a citizen than any other one,” Blevins said.
“No matter how many races we have it can make a difference in our local community, the senate race could be very important to us, the sheriff’s race could be very important to us,” Collier said.
The Secretary of State’s Office reports just over 116,000 people have already cast their ballots. Most came from in-person early voting, however, the additional low absentee figures are less encouraging compared to Kentucky’s more than 3 million registered voters.
“I doubt there will be much of a wait anywhere in town tomorrow,” Blevins said.
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday. To find your polling place contact your local county clerk or visit their website, or visit the State Board of Elections website.