Officials prepare for severe weather going into Election Day

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- Election day is Tuesday and as people get ready to head to the polls, election officials have their eyes on the sky making sure they’re prepared for any severe weather that may roll through overnight.

With thunderstorms expected to roll through central Kentucky overnight, election officials say they’re prepared for the worst.

Officials say the voting machines have back up batteries in case the power goes out, so the only thing that would interfere with voting is if a polling station itself were to be damaged by weather.

In that case, officials say they have back up polling stations ready but for now expect Tuesday’s election will go fairly smoothly.

“Just like the derby we run no matter the weather. So my hope is as we are, have prepared for the possible scenarios and situations that will help us obviously on election day. For 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. we are anticipating all of our polling locations being open. Should we need to address any sort of emergency situations due to weather, the state board of elections is in session all day and we will be able to handle that,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Another question going in to the election is whether or not voters should cast their vote on Marsy’s Law.

The constitutional amendment is being challenged in court right now but officials urge people to still vote on the issue because those votes could still be counted at a later date.

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