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CNN Crew Spending Time This Week in Fayette County Clerk's Office

Stu Johnson

The closely watched showdown between incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell and challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes has put a spotlight on Kentucky. And heading in to this Election Day, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins has received a little more attention than usual. A national television crew from CNN has been at his office conducting interviews and taking video footage.  "A little surprised in two ways.  Somewhat surprised to have national attention.  That's interesting on little old Fayette County.  On the other hand, I'm a little surprised that we don't have more attention because the race is a pivotal race for control of the senate," said Blevins.

As far as day to day preparation for Election Day, Blevins says Fayette County has two new precincts and some additional voting machines.  He says the long ballot and hotly contest U.S. Senate race could mean longer lines Tuesday at the voting booth.  "We added new machines to accommodate those new precincts.  So, the net is we're actually about 10 more sets of machines than we were before.  I don't think that's gonna dramatically impact the length of lines at all.  What we may have to do and we're prepared to do this is deploy extra machines, if there's a problem in any one precinct," added Blevins.

Judging from absentee and in-office voting at the county clerk's office, Blevins predicts voter turnout may be just a bit under 50 percent.?

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