No major problems reported at Kentucky polls
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – The Latest on the Senate race and Election Day in Kentucky (all times local): 12:15 p.m.
No major problems are being reported at polling places in Kentucky.
The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office says its election fraud hotline has gotten 64 calls from 26 counties.
A statement from the agency says calls varied from procedural questions to complaints of electioneering within 100 feet of the polls. The number of calls is comparable to those in 2012, when 60 calls had been received in the same amount of time.
Kentucky voters will decide on a number of federal offices when they cast their ballots Tuesday including president, U.S. senator, and U.S. representative. They will also decide several legislative races at the state level.
The breakdown of complaints is as follows:
• Anderson County: Procedural question
• Barren County: Election official
• Bath County: Disrupting polls
• Boone County: (2 calls) Procedural question; voter identification
• Breathitt County: Procedural question
• Bullitt County: (2 calls) Voter identification; voting machine
• Campbell County: (2 calls) Election official; procedural question
• Carroll County: Voting machine
• Elliott County: Procedural question
• Fayette County: (3 calls) Two calls voting machine; one voter identification
• Floyd County: Electioneering within 100 feet of polls
• Franklin County: Election official
• Greenup County: Residency
• Jefferson County: (23 calls) Ten voting machine; six procedural questions; three electioneering within 100 feet of polls; two voter identification; one residency; one special or absentee ballot
• Jessamine County: (3 calls) Electioneering within 100 feet of polls; procedural question; voting machine
• Kenton County: (2 calls) Electioneering within 100 feet of polls; legal question
• LaRue County: Voter identification
• Madison County: (4 calls) Two procedural questions; one special or absentee ballot; one voting machine
• Magoffin County: Procedural question
• McCracken County: Procedural question
• Metcalfe County: Voter identification
• Oldham County: (2 calls) Electioneering within 100 feet of polls; special or absentee ballot
• Pike County: (4 calls) Two procedural questions; one election official; one voting machine
• Powell County: Procedural question
• Rowan County: (2 calls) Procedural questions
• Scott County: Voter assistance
In the 2012 general election, 60 complaints were reported through the hotline by 10:30 a.m.
Kentuckians who witness election irregularities or possible election law violations are encouraged to call the hotline at 800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).
Kentucky election officials say voter turnout has been steady since polls opened as people cast ballots for a host of federal and state offices.
Secretary of State spokesman Bradford Queen says there have been reports Tuesday morning of lines at some polling places.
Along with choosing a new president, voters are also choosing between Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and Democrat Jim Gray, who assailed the political establishment Monday during the final day of campaigning.
Other races on the ballot include U.S. House and state legislative seats.
Kentucky’s top election official has estimated that 60 percent of the state’s registered voters will cast ballots. A record 3.3 million people are registered to vote.
Kentucky’s U.S. Senate candidates were both bad-mouthing Washington as they toured the state’s largest media markets on the eve of the general election.
In Lexington, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul predicted “a big, big year for conservatives” Monday because he said Kentuckians are “sick and tired of big government.”
In Louisville, Democrat challenger Jim Gray said people are “exhausted with the gridlock and dysfunction,” and said the only way to change Washington is to “change the people we send up there.”
Paul is seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate following his failed presidential campaign last year. Gray, the mayor of Lexington, is hoping to become the state’s first openly gay U.S. senator.
Paul appeared with U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, while Gray campaigned with former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear.
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