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Voter turnout steady at some polls, light at others

Voters are heading to the polls across Kentucky today to decide a number of statewide races, including governor.

Election workers say so far, voter turnout has been steady at some polls, but light at many others.

The polls opened across the state at 6 a.m. today.

"I was just getting out early today," Rob Gabbert, who voted at Henry Clay High School in Lexington shortly after 6 a.m., said. "Wanted to get in before the crowd runs in."

Poll workers at Henry Clay High School say a steady flow of people continued after that.

Many voters say they don't pass up on elections.

"If we want to have an influence on the way that things are run in our government, all three of them, then it's absolutely a must to come out and get to vote," voter Lora Brown said.

Kentucky Secretary of State Elaine Walker's office has predicted a voter turnout of 25 to 28 percent across Kentucky.

Those low numbers were based on early voting through absentee ballots.

State election officials say it's too soon today to determine if voter turnout has met or exceeded the predictions.

Election officials in Fayette County are hoping for a larger turnout than the state's projected 25-28 percent. They predict turnout in Fayette County will be around 35 percent.

Fayette County election officials also say they'll have absentee ballot results complete by 6 p.m.


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