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Officials Report Long Lines, Few Problems At Polls Across Kentucky

By Justin Wilfon

(LOUISVILLE, November 2nd, 2004, 5:30 p.m.) -- With huge numbers of people voting nationwide, Kentuckiana seems to be no exception. Jefferson County officials say turnout is high, while the number of problems reported is low. WAVE 3's Justin Wilfon reports.

A sometimes driving rain didn't seem to stop anybody from driving to the polls in Jefferson County.

"We had a very steady flow," said poll worker Clara Manso. "As a matter of fact, the floor got wet. We had to mop up there was so many people that came out."

At many polling places, there were long lines through the lunch hour, and with more heavy voting expected during the afternoon rush, Jefferson County officials say a 70 percent turnout is possible.

"When the last vote is counted than we're able to get what the turnout is."

We won't know that until late tonight, but we do know seemingly everyone is voting.

Despite the large crowds, voters reported few problems.

"No, no problems," said one voter. "Nobody challenged me or anything. I don't know why they would."

"It went great," said another voter. "There was no problem here with me at all. I voted here in the same place for 20 years and never any problem with me."

But a few voters weren't as lucky.

Paula McCraney with the Board of Elections says some polling places did face minor obstacles. "Perhaps polls opening a little late because the machinery was not quite equipped with what it needed. A poll worker oversleeping."

At another polling place, an opponent of the gay marriage ammendment was found to be illegally observing voters.

"That person is not allowed in the polls unless they are credentialed by the Board of Elections," McCraney said, "and that person was asked to leave."