A quiet start to 2015 Kentucky primary elections

05/19/2015 11:53 AM

UPDATED: Election staffers across the state are experiencing a slow start to the 2015 Kentucky primary elections where state Republicans will decide their gubernatorial nominee, among other constitutional races.

With official predictions for statewide turnout set at 10 percent by Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, county clerks across the state said it was too early to see if the prediction holds, but things are slow on their ends.

Lynn Zellen, a spokesperson for Grimes, confirmed the “quiet” start when speaking with Pure Politics just before noon. However, Zellen said an “uptick” of in-person absentee voting has the office hoping to see turnout closer to 12 percent.

In an afternoon update, Zellen told reporters the Secretary of State’s office is still hoping for 12 percent turnout.

“Polling places will remain open for several more hours, until 6 p.m. local time, so I encourage any eligible voter who hasn’t voted yet to make sure you get to your polling place by 6 p.m. and make your voice heard,” Zellen said in a statement.

Administrators in the Fayette County Clerk’s office said they were experiencing “a very slow day.”

During most elections staffers in Fayette County said the phone lines generally add up to the hundreds, but they were experiencing few calls by 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Meanwhile, an administrator with the Warren County Clerk’s office said things were busier than anticipated, saying they had even printed a few extra ballots to meet demand at precincts.

In Jefferson County, several precincts were still reporting less than 50 voters had made their way to their polls before noon.

The Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline was also fielding few calls on Tuesday morning. Only seven calls had been placed by 10:30 a.m. to the hotline with three legal questions, according to a press release.

As of 3:00 pm the hotline had received a total of nine calls from Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Meade, Mercer, Nelson and Robertson Counties.

About Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics, the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like the connection between the high profile Steubenville, Ohio rape and a Kentucky hacker whose push for further investigation could put him in federal prison. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Follow Nick on Twitter @NickStorm_cn2. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or nicholas.storm@charter.com.

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