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Voters prepare as polls open for Kentucky's day of decision

KY State Capitol (Source: wikimedia.org) KY State Capitol (Source: wikimedia.org)
KENTUCKY (KFVS) -

Voters across Kentucky will head to the polls for the Kentucky General Election for statewide races on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Statewide offices such as governor and secretary of state are up for election. 

Smaller races include the candidates for the Marshall County Judge-Executive position and a seat 42nd Judicial Circuit Court.

In Ballard County an ambulance tax is up for vote.

According to Ballard County Clerk Lynn Lane, they are expecting a decent turnout for the election. They have received an average number of absentee ballots, which Lane says is a good benchmark for turnout.

Lane also urges voters to read their entire ballot. In some cases, selecting the box for straight part will not mean you voted for other county questions. For example, you must select for or against in the case of the Ballard County ambulance tax.

The Kentucky Secretary of State has released the following tips for voters to help the process go smoothly.

  • DO verify your voter registration status before you head to the polls. Registration status is available through the Voter Information Center (VIC) at www.elect.ky.gov.
  • DO know where you vote. You can find the address of and driving directions to your polling location through VIC.
  • DO know the most convenient times to vote. Polls tend to be busiest during the morning and evening rush hours and at lunchtime.
  • DO bring appropriate identification to your polling location. You must either be known by a precinct officer or produce a driver’s license, social security card, credit card, or other form of identification that contains both a picture and signature in order to cast a ballot.
  • DON’T wait until the last minute to head to the polls or be discouraged by long lines. Remember, as long as you are in line by 6 p.m. local time on Nov. 3, you will be allowed to cast your ballot.
  • DON’T record the identity of voters in the voting room, including through the use of cameras and cell phones.
  • DO ask a poll worker for instructions on how to use the voting machine or other procedural questions if you are confused about the voting process.
  • DO let officials know immediately if you encounter any problems at the polls. You can address issues with your precinct election officers, the county clerk, the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100, or the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE.
  • DON’T forget to thank your poll workers. This election would not be possible without them, and they deserve our appreciation.
  • DO remind your friends and family to vote. Our democratic society is at its best when all eligible voters’ participate in elections.
  • DON’T forget that you can obtain election results by visiting www.elect.ky.gov.

For additional election information, visit www.sos.ky.gov, follow @kysecofstate on Twitter and like Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State on Facebook.

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