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State officials keep a close eye on primary election

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 12:01 PM EDT
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Good voter turnout and no major problems.

That’s what Kentucky’s secretary of state, Michael Adams, says that about this primary election day.

Most people have already voted, either by mailing their ballots in or bring them to their county clerk’s office. Some have also already voted in person and others are voting in person Tuesday.

This is a very different Election Day and, in fact, Election Day has been going on for quite some time with the numerous ways people can vote this year.

Monday, Gov. Beshear said almost 900,000 Kentuckians had requested absentee ballots. and already more than 88,000 had voted in person. Just over 450,000 ballots had been returned.

Secretary Adams was in Louisville earlier Tuesday and says Kentucky is turning out to be a national model on how to vote during a pandemic. He said the key to voting during the COVID-19 pandemic was to give people a lot of options and he says that appears to be working.

“What people have said to me is thank you for creating more voting options than we have ever had before,” Sec. Adams said. “The ability to get an absentee ballot without an excuse. The ability to vote that ballot without any postage. We made early voting options as well.”

Secretary Adams says systemic problems in other parts of the country have not been seen in Kentucky. He did call out Fayette County, however, for long lines at Kroger Field, but says the problems were addressed with more e-poll books.

Adams says overall participation in this election is very good.

“We are seeing massive turnout in this election,” Sec. Adams said. “Even if not a single person more voted today, we would already have a great turnout because of our absentee early voting in a presidential primary.”

Adams also says he believes the allegations of voter suppression are not true at all because of the tremendous turnout being seen.

Adams says the jury is still out on if this process will be repeated in November. He did say this kind of election is very expensive, with the costs to pay for the absentee and in-person voting mostly taken care of by federal money.

Adams says final results will not be known until next Tuesday to include absentee ballots with a June 23 postmark.

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