Polls begin closing to voters across Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Voters in Lexington have a long list of races to decide on and it's caused some long lines throughout the county on Tuesday.

The county clerk tells WKYT there were also delays at the Green Acres precinct because of broken voting machines. David Jackson was there voting when it happened. He says he saw some people walk away after waiting more than 20 minutes.

"There was several questions about I put my vote in but it didn't register, questions like that. As the minutes went by, everybody started getting upset," says Jackson.

County Clerk Donald Blevins says the issue with the machine was fixed once they rebooted them. He says with 291 precincts at 154 locations, hiccups aren't unusual. A voting machine was also inoperable at the Barkley precinct located at Hill N' Dale Church, which caused a long line there.

Alberta Caise is one of the people who waited out the long lines. The 91-year-old came to the Green Acres precinct to vote with her twin brother. She says the wait is worth it.

"We all should be out today, remember the past and looking forward to the future, so come out and vote," says Caise.

The state's election fraud hotline is open until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night to take reports. As of 10:30 a.m., the hotline had received 52 calls from 26 counties.

The number of calls received jumped up at 3:30 p.m. to 133 total calls to the fraud hotline in 37 counties. In Fayette County, there were 10 calls about an election official, electioneering within 300 feet of the polls and voting machines.

If you see any irregularities, you can call the hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE.

Polls close at 6:00 p.m.