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Voters in central Kentucky brave stormy weather to cast ballots on Primary Election Day

First Alliance Church Lexington-Four Voting Precicnts
Stu Johnson
First Alliance Church Lexington-Four Voting Precicnts

What was already anticipated to be a low voter turnout Tuesday has included some stormy weather to boot.

Just before midday in southwest Lexington, the rains paused for a bit and a relatively steady flow of voters entered the First Alliance Church gym. Claire Hundley was asked what could be done to increase Primary Election Day turnout.

“I don’t know…I think people just need to realize how important it is today that we make our voice heard,” said Hundley.

A few minutes later Aaron Yoder had a thought on voter participation.

“I work in technology and we should just make it easier for people to vote. I know there’s a lot of reasons why people are nervous about it, but you should be able to vote from home or on your phone,” said Yoder.

Another voter, Anessa Reece said she preferred machine voting over the paper ballots used in Fayette County. But, she feels confident about the process overall.

“And I think they have a process down and because I’m a teacher I understand the process of testing and I think it’s the same kind of thing. They have checks and balances and it is what it’s gonna be,” said Reece.

On the question of improving voter turnout, Lisa Yoder said she liked mail-in ballots. She finds herself getting more helpful information from debates and less from T.V. ads.

Stu Johnson*
Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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