HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky's Secretary of State predicted a heavy turnout and voters here in the mountains are going to the polls in record numbers.
Heading to the ballot box is a privilege and tradition carried out by many eastern Kentuckians.
“I do definitely want to vote and I think the people that don't vote are doing a injustice to the community and to the nation,” Peggy Gand said.
And judging by Tuesday's turnout, election officials are confident most people here are exercising their constitutional right.
Workers at one Perry County precinct told me they experienced a huge rush of people around 8 a.m. and noon and are expecting another such rush around 5:00.
A sign that more and more Kentuckians are becoming politically active.
Kentucky's Secretary of State projected a turnout of 62 to 64 percent.
That high turnout is typical of election years that feature a presidential choice on the ballot.
Only the final numbers will tell for sure if Kentucky has a record turnout.
Many precincts we checked in with are reporting a turnout that is higher than they have ever seen before.