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Turnout light so far for early voting in Laurel County

Early voting for Kentucky’s primary election is underway.
Published: May. 13, 2022 at 10:55 AM EDT
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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Early voting for Kentucky’s primary election is underway.

Laurel County has 15 voting centers, as going to a precinct has become a thing of the past.

“I think it’s silly to have voting precincts,” said voter Frank Cornett. “You should be able to vote the nearest place to your home, that there is a facility and people working.”

People can vote through Saturday at those centers and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

“Anyone can vote at any of my three voting centers,” said Pulaski County Election Coordinator Frank Vaught. “Beginning, Tuesday we are going to have four other what we call combined locations.”

Election officials say despite all the options, they are still expecting voter turnout to be light. In Laurel County, they were telling us it was possibly only going to be 25%.

“With the races unopposed you might not have the turnout you have before,” said Laurel Co. Clerk Tony Brown.

We’re told 453 voted Thursday in Laurel County, with a bit higher turnout expected in Pulaski County by Election Day.

“I was expecting 18,000 voters, which is 36% of about 50,000. I have 20,000 that never votes, so it’s about 45% which is what it is,” Vaught said.

Despite the option of early voting, election officials still expect a big rush from those wanting to stick to tradition and vote on Election Day.

Laurel and Pulaski counties also have a majority of Republican voters and, in most races, candidates do not have competition in the Democratic primary.

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