Polls now open in Kentucky and Virginia for Tuesday’s primary election

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 8:21 AM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Polls are open for an unusual primary election in both Kentucky and Virginia.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. people can cast their ballots in person at a reduced number of polling locations across the state due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For those voting in person, masks are required and social distancing guidelines will be enforced while in line.

In Kentucky, election officials are confident the number of polling locations will not be a problem, since about 90% of total votes this election will come from absentee or early voting.

One symptom of the voting process this year is not knowing results right away. We may get some data throughout the week, but final results will not be announced until June 30.

In Virginia, voters will cast ballots in the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate race, rescheduled from earlier this month because of COVID-19. The polls are open until 7 p.m. there.

U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith, who represents Virginia’s 9th District, which covers a big chunk of the southwestern part of the state, including Wise, Lee, Buchanan and Dickenson counties, is up for re-election this year, but is running unopposed for his sixth term in office.

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