Polls close for Kentucky's primary election

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Latest on voting in Kentucky's primary election Tuesday (all times local):


7 p.m.

Polls in Kentucky are closed for the primary election.

Polls close at 6 p.m. local time. The western half of the state is in the central time zone. Voters in line at 6 p.m. are allowed to cast ballots.

Light turnout was projected for the election Tuesday.

Two polling places in Jefferson County were allowed to stay open until 6:30 p.m. after police put them on a brief lockdown while they investigated a crime in the area.


6:30 p.m.

Election officials in Louisville have kept two polling locations at schools open longer after a crime in the area closed the schools for about 30 minutes.

Jefferson County Election Center spokesman Nore Ghibaudy (NOR'-ee ghi-BAW'-dee) says police placed Pleasure Ridge Park High School and nearby Greenwood Elementary on a brief lockdown Tuesday afternoon while they investigated a crime in the area.

Ghibaudy says a circuit court judge ruled that the two polling locations could remain open until 6:30 p.m. to accommodate voters who were turned away during the lockdown.


6 p.m.

Polls have closed in the eastern half of Kentucky in the primary election races for governor, attorney general, secretary of state and other statewide offices.

Voters in line at 6 p.m. local time are allowed to cast ballots, but light turnout was projected in Tuesday's primary.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who wasn't able to run again because of term limits, said last week that absentee voting patterns indicated a turnout consistent with past primary elections, about 12.5% of the state's registered voters. A spokeswoman for Grimes' office said Tuesday turnout might end up even lower.

Voters are deciding on nominees in the governor's race, where Republican Gov. Matt Bevin is running for reelection in the primary against legislator Robert Goforth and two other challengers.

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