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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  • by Angie Location: Pburg on May 20, 2008 at 02:10 PM
    Go Hillary!
  • by sherri Location: johnson co. on May 20, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    hillary has been in the house , who do you think helped run the country beside of bill it was Hillary, she knows what to do and how to do it and i think she is the person for the job,
  • by Kim on May 20, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    Sounds like a lot of racist democrats. We didn't need you anyway in the new America that is coming. Racism is something of past and needs not be a part of peoples decisions today. Make a choice for a better future for our country and our children. Obama '08
  • by Robin Location: G-town KY on May 20, 2008 at 12:25 PM
    I am so amazed at the polls that state that it is projected that only 25-30% of Dems are voting today. I vote at every election and encourage all to vote for the person they feel is best qualified. It is our duty as American Citizens to vote even when we feel that it doesn't count. This is the first Pres. election that I have watched from the beginning and I am so disheartened with the way primaries are conducted. We should all vote nationwide on one day just like the general election. I hate that a few states choose who I get to vote for. It isn't fair. I can understand that this way of voting was needed when we traveled by horse. This is the internet age. We get results immediatly. We don't need delegates to ride their horse to Washington to submit the vote for a candidate for their state. Come on America lets get this out of date process changed. I would rather have 10 people to choose from than just one or two that Iowa chose for me.
  • by sula Location: ky on May 20, 2008 at 12:03 PM
    i hear alot about people crossing over from dem, to repu, in nov if sen, hillary dosent get in well i feel the same way and iam telling u now thats alot of people i dont no what going to happen to my children when a another repu, gets in but i sure dont want someone in that dosent have any exper, like obama!no way!
  • by Anonymous Location: Letcher on May 20, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    I went to the poll this morning just after 6 am was told by the voting staff that i was registered as a Republican and that i must vote republican which I AM NOT so I chose the undecided option then in NOVEMBER im crossing over eat that MCAIN down with BUSH and out OBAMA.... get lost and HILLARY move back on in with ol BILL. BTW IM A MAN voting for a woman and SHE SHOULD WIN!!!!!!!!
  • by terri Location: east ky on May 20, 2008 at 06:22 AM
    Robyn, I am amazed that any democrat would actually vote for McBush after considering the condition thaey have run this country into. I am particularly amazed when you describe paying taxes, just think if McBush is elected and you were filthy rich you taxes would again go down--think about it!
  • by Robyn Location: Frankfort on May 20, 2008 at 03:25 AM
    I will vote for Sen. Clinton today. If Sen. Obama wins the nomination I’ll then vote for McCain in Nov. I am a middle age white woman who raised 2 kids by myself (with no state or federal assistance), worked & paid taxes since high school, was raised in a home where I was taught to properly use handguns, took a GED and through hard work advanced to a sr. mgmt position in the financial industry. At 18 I registered as a democrat in my native state of MS and again in 1991 when I relocated to KY. This will be the 1st time I’ll ever have voted republican in a presidential election. I’ll also be taking a hard look at voting for SUPERdelegates in their re-election bids. How dare they tell us by inference that our votes don’t count by announcing their support of either candidate before their constituency has voted? I’m amazed that this country is so blind, desperate or whatever as to even think about electing someone with so little foreign or domestic experience!


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