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Kentuckians show up to vote across the mountains

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Published: May. 17, 2022 at 7:53 AM EDT
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(WYMT) - Kentuckians headed to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots and make sure their voices were heard.

”That’s just my right,” said voter Emline Montgomery. “Then I don’t have a right to complain if someone gets in there that I’m not really as fond of.”

The primary election decides who makes it to November’s general election.

”I think everyone should vote, I really do, we definitely need it now for the right people,” she said.

WYMT talked with county clerks in Harlan, Laurel and Pike counties. Pike County Clerk Rhonda Taylor said more than 2700 people voted as of Tuesday morning. She said she expected that number to increase as the day continued.

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”We’ve got a lot of heated races that are on the ballot,” she said. “We’ll have in the fall also and that generally brings more people out, they generally take more interest in it.”

It was a different story for Harlan County. County Clerk, Donna Hoskins, said they hoped for at least eight thousand voters to turn out, but did not expect the county to reach that goal.

”From the indications of my early voting, the three days [were] so light that I believe that this one is going to be a light one,” said Hoskins.

Laurel County Clerk Tony Brown said voter participation is what he calls less than normal. There are some factors bringing that number down.

”We have magistrates who are unopposed, county judge-executive, sheriff’s unopposed,” he said. “So that brings numbers down somewhat.”

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