05-22-2012

Light turnout predicted for today's primary

Kentucky Press News Service

Polls across Kentucky opened today at 6 a.m. local time and remain open until 6 p.m. local time. State officials are predicting a low turnout in today's primary - perhaps down in the 10 percent range.

Voters can cast ballots for races in their own political party and in nonpartisan races.

Secretary of State and Chief Election Official Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “do’s and don’ts” that will help avoid surprises and ensure a smooth trip to the polls on Election Day.

“Every election matters, and every vote counts,” Grimes said in a press release from her office. “I hope providing this information to voters will prepare and encourage them to participate in this election and future elections.”

- Do verify your voter registration status and the races in which you are eligible to vote before you head to the polls. Registration status is available through the Voter Information Center at www.elect.ky.gov. Sample ballots are printed in newspapers, posted online at www.elect.ky.gov, and displayed in each precinct.

- Do know where you vote. You can find the address of and driving directions to your polling location through the Voter Information Center at www.elect.ky.gov.

- Do know the most convenient times to vote. Polls tend to be busiest during the morning and evening rush hours and at lunchtime.

- Do bring appropriate identification to your polling location. You must either be known by a precinct officer or produce a driver’s license, social security card, credit card, or other form of identification that contains both a picture and signature in order to cast a ballot.

- Don't wait until the last minute to head to the polls or be discouraged by long lines. Remember, as long as you are in line by 6 p.m. local time on May 22nd, you will be allowed to cast your ballot.

- Don't campaign or solicit votes within 300 feet of a polling place. Electioneering in the immediate area around a polling place is illegal in Kentucky.

- Don't record the identity of voters in the voting room, including through the use of cameras and cell phones.

- Do ask a poll worker for instructions on how to use the voting machine or other procedural questions, if you are confused about the voting process.

- Do let officials know immediately if you encounter any problems at the polls. You can address issues with your precinct election officers, the county clerk, the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100, or the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE.

- Don't forget to thank your poll workers. This election would not be possible without them, and they deserve our appreciation.

- Do remind your friends and family to vote. Our democratic society is at its best when all Kentuckians’ voices are heard at the polls.