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More candidates may not be better, according to some Lexington voters

Early afternoon voters at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School in Lexington said they didn't have to wait long to cast their ballot.
John McGary
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Early afternoon voters at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School in Lexington said they didn't have to wait long to cast their ballot.

Kentuckians headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their primary ballots. Lexington had 125 consolidated locations and six voting centers. Tonya Hale said her experience voting at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary School was very smooth and she didn’t have to wait in line. She said in some ways, primaries are the most important elections.

“I think it's important for us to know who we're voting for, not just for president or just mayor, but who our local officers are. Because a lot of times they hold a lot of the reasons, you know, things happen in our cities.”

Hale said an education campaign explaining why there are so many different ballots for primary elections would be a good idea. Some voters of both parties have wished there were other choices for the top of the ticket – President Biden and former President Trump – but Kelly Chumley said she didn’t think that would solve the problem.

“You could have five, you could have 15, I think no matter who's out there, there's not ever going to be someone who you think is just totally perfect and your ideal person, so I think you just have to look at the majority of what people stand for and what kind of aligns with your thoughts and feelings.”

Chumley, who was accompanied by her 8-year-old son Mason, said sometimes, you just vote for the lesser of evils.

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John McGary is a Lexington native and Navy veteran with three decades of radio, television and newspaper experience.
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