Heavy turnout being driven by local races in some areas; some precincts short on ballots have been the only problems

11/02/2010 12:32 PM

The Board of Elections has received reports of high turnout in Jefferson, Bullitt and Oldham counties where voters are likely motivated by hotly-contested local races, a spokesman said.

In Jefferson County, turnout was steady throughout the morning. Nore Ghibaudy, the county clerk’s spokesman, said as of noon the clerk’s office was sticking to their pre-election day turnout estimate of between 53 and 58 percent.

Some areas of the county were seeing high turnout and that more people were voting early this morning, he said. But Ghibaudy added that officials hadn’t gathered enough data to feel the need to change their estimate.

Secretary of State Trey Grayson predicted a statewide turnout of 48% — which would put it on pace for previous mid-term election turnout.

Also on Tuesday:

Court denies appeal from ineligible candidate for Louisville House seat

The Kentucky Supreme Court declined to take up the appeal of Jeffery Donohue, the Democratic state House candidate who was ruled ineligible last week by a Jefferson County judge. Donohue’s candidate filing papers included a signature from a person who doesn’t live in the district Donohue was running in: the 37th House District in Louisville.

Donohue was running against Republican Wade Hurt to replace Democratic Rep. Ron Weston, who was not seeking re-election. That gives the Republicans their first pick-up of the night in the state House where Democrats started with a 65-35 seat advantage.

Few problems at polling places so far

(12:31 p.m.) Les Fugate, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, also said precinct workers haven’t seen the type of problems that made headlines on the day of the May 18 primary elections. On that day, several polling workers reported electioneering by candidates in the precincts, which is illegal. And one many was arrested for election fraud.

So far Tuesday, the biggest snafus were precincts running out of paper ballots.

A precinct in Lexington, the Boone Station polling place, had to have a voting machine replaced, as did a Crestwood precinct in Oldham County, Fugate said.

And five other precincts in Fayette County requested extra paper ballots, but that wasn’t a sign of unusually high turnout, Fugate said.

- Ryan Alessi with additional reporting by Kenny Colston

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