High voter turnout expected in Kentucky
PDT Staff Writer
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting between a 62 and 64 percent voter turnout in today’s general election.
“Voters have many important decisions to make on Election Day. I urge all eligible Kentuckians to be a part of the process and make their voices heard,” Grimes said.
Voters throughout the state will be faced with a number of issues including choosing, President and Vice President of the United States. Voters will chose from Republican nominee Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Democratic nominee Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala Independent Party nominee Randall Terry and Missy Reilly Smith and Libertarian party nominee Gary Johnson and James Gray.
Voters will chose between Republican nominee Thomas Massie, Democratic nominee William Adkins and Independent nominee David Lewis for 4th district U.S. House of Representatives.
Three months ago former U.S. Rep. Geoff Davis (R-Ky.) resigned his seat in the 4th Congressional District, citing family health issues. Davis previously announced he would not seek re-election.
The 4th Congressional District is comprised of Greenup, Lewis, Bath, Boone, Boyd, Bracken, Campbell, Carroll, Carter, Elliott, Fleming, Gallatin, Grant, Harrison, Henry, Kenton, Mason, Nicholas, Oldham, Owen, Pendleton, Robertson, Scott and Trimble counties.
Voters are being asked to chose between Janet Stumbo and Will Scott for Justice of the Supreme Court 7th Supreme Court District.
Voters of Greenup are being asked to choose six city council members from David Abdon, Joe Mantz, David Black, Mark Harris, Jeff Hurn, Kenneth Stewary and James Stephens.
In South Shore, voters are being asked to choose four city council members between, Paul Ramey, David Piatt, Lou Bentley, Shawn Brown, Lance Warnock, Mildred Bradley, Daniel Leport and Larry Wells.
Voters are also being asked if they are in favor of amending the Kentucky constitution to state that the citizens of Kentucky have the personal right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife, subject to laws and regulations that promote conservation and preserve the future of hunting and fishing, and to state that public hunting and fishing shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling wildlife.
The unopposed candidates include 98th district state representative Tanya Pullin, Commonwealth Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit Mervin Leonhart and Circuit Clerk Allen Reed.
Grimes said that to date, absentee voting activity is on par with the 2008 General Election. With approximately 130,000 more registered voters compared with 2008, Grimes predicts a record number of ballots will be cast in the Nov. 6 election.
Throughout the state polls are open from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
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