Polls officially open in Eastern Kentucky

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Polls opened at 6 a.m. for Kentuckians to cast their votes for the 2018 Primary Election.

What you need to know:

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  • Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (local time) on Election Day.  Persons in line at the polls at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Persons who arrive to the polls after 6 p.m. will not be allowed to vote.
  • Voters can vote without identification if an election officer can identify the voter by personal acquaintance.  Alternatively, voters can identify themselves by providing documentation. Valid forms of identification include:
  • A motor vehicle operator’s license;
  • A Social Security Card;
  • Any identification card that has been issued by the County and which has been approved in writing by the State Board of Elections;
  • Any identification card with a picture and signature;
  • Any United States government-issued identification card;
  • Any Kentucky state government-issued identification card with picture; or
  • A credit card.

To find your polling place, go to the Secretary of State’s Office or call 1-866-687-8683 for more information.

The Attorney General’s Office has also set up an Election Law Violations Hotline.

The hotline – 800-328-VOTE (8683) – opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m. (Eastern time – when the polls do) and Kentuckians who witness election irregularities or possible election law violations are encouraged to call it.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes projects a turnout of 30 percent or less of the 3.3 million people registered to vote in Kentucky. A turnout of 30 percent would represent the highest participation in a Kentucky Primary Election in nearly a decade.

Approximately 32 percent of Kentuckians voted in the 2010 midterm Primary Election. There was a 20 percent turnout in 2016, a presidential election, and only 12 percent in the last Governor’s race in 2015.

According to current statistics, Grimes projects turnout for the May 22 Primary Election will be about par with the midterm elections of 2014 and 2010 when 26.8 percent and 32.2 percent of Kentuckians voted, respectively.

Some counties, like Franklin County, are expecting a 35-40% turnout.