Primary Elections Underway


The State Board of Elections has received a number of inquiries about a rumor circulating around the Commonwealth stating that voters must have voted in the primary election to be eligible to vote in the general election. Secretary of State Trey Grayson wanted to address those rumors via the following statement:

"According to the number and location of many calls, there appears to be a coordinated effort to spread misinformation in today's election. If a citizen is a legitimately registered voter, his or her participation in the primary election will not affect his or her eligibility to participate in the general election. While I encourage every citizen to vote today, it is inappropriate for people to spread these falsehoods."

Otherwise, the Secretary of State's office reported few problems in Kentucky as voters headed to the polls for primary elections, including the presidential race.

Secretary of State spokesman Les Fugate says the most significant problem happened in Jefferson County, where one precinct opened 30 minutes late and 30 people were affected.

Fugate says there have been a few calls from people who could not vote because they changed their party affiliation after Dec. 31. Fugate said the approximately 14,000 people who did that had been sent letters explaining the statute.

Fugate says voter turnout Tuesday morning has been steady since polls opened at 6 a.m.

The office had earlier predicted a 25-30 percent voter turnout.

Voter turnout in some southern Kentucky counties is low.

Besides the presidential and congressional races, there are few local races to bring people out.

Some republicans say it's still important to vote, and some democrats say they need to send a message to Barack Obama.

The Pulaski County Clerk says he expects turnout to be about 15 to 20 percent of registered voters.

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