Fayette County voters flock to Kroger Field

Kroger Field open as Lexington's only in-person voting site today
Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 9:57 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Polls are open for Kentucky’s primary election.

Voters in Fayette County flocked to Kroger Field early in the morning to get a spot in line.

Voters have been filtering in throughout the morning. We’ve seen people of different races, different backgrounds, different ideologies, but they all are here to do something they hold sacred, and that’s vote.

“We’re in unusual times right now, and I think one of the most American things you can do these days, is exercise your sacred privilege to vote,” said Barry Frazier.

Frazier came to vote decked out in his constitutional army regalia. He says it’s a way for him to remember his ancestors who fought and died with many others to guarantee this right for all.

“We had men and women who died to give everybody, every race, every gender the right to vote,” Frazier said. “So, I’m thankful to see everyone out exercising their privilege to vote today.”

Other’s might not have dressed the part, but a feeling of patriotic duty wafted through the air at Kroger Field.

“Oh, I’m always, I’m always excited to vote, to be able to cast my voice for the different persons I wanted to vote for,” Don Gillette said.

Don and Charisse Gillette say they were excited to be able to come out Tuesday morning well before the polls opened, even though they have some concerns.

“I think about the person who lives on the side of town who may not have transportation and this might prevent them,” Don Gillette said. “Hopefully, it’ll make them want to get out to vote even more, but it might prevent them from voting, so that’s a concern for me. But what else can you do. So you might as well get excited and do what you do.”

Now, a number of people we talked with about why they came out to vote in person had worries about voter fraud and some said the process of getting an absentee ballot was confusing.

Election officials say that 90% of the total vote that will be counted in this election will be done by either early voting or absentee voting, but if you still need to cast your vote, the polls will be open until 6 p.m.

A live stream is up of the mail-in ballot count in Lexington:

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