KY Secretary of State encourages strong voter turnout

KY Secretary of State encourages strong voter turnout
John Boel and Lauren Jones interview Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (Source: WAVE 3 News)
John Boel and Lauren Jones interview Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - With a record 3.3 million Kentuckians registered to vote, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes hopes all of them will cast their ballots in Tuesday's general election.

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"But right now, the projection based on the absentee numbers that we're already seeing, (are) above or right at 60 percent (voter turnout)," Grimes said.

She hopes Kentucky one day joins 37 other states in allowing early voting.

Grimes appeared live on WAVE 3 News Sunrise Monday morning to discuss the election, which not only will determine who will become president of the United States, but will decide control of Kentucky's House of Representatives and Senate.

"My hope is that you're going to vote for every race that's on that ballot, from president all the way down to our House and State Senate," Grimes said. "And there are local races that are up, and (a) judicial race that's on the ballot for those in the Commonwealth of Kentucky."

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Grimes called her office's online registration effort a success, with people ages 18 to 25 especially engaged in the process. She said Kentucky has registered 106,000 new voters since March.

"It comes down to translating that registration into participation," Grimes said. "You do that by showing up at the polls tomorrow, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Know where you go vote. Go to that online portal, govotekentucky.com to check out what your ballot will look like. You can actually get driving directions to your phone sent to you just by visiting govotekentucky.com, and make sure you arrive in ample enough time. Bring your ID with you so you're prepared once you get into that polling location."

Anyone in line at 6 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

"It's not only a right, it's a responsibility," Grimes stressed. "We've had so many that have sacrificed their lives for this privilege, this freedom that we hope everybody will get out and exercise tomorrow... Have your voice heard. Your vote is your voice on Election Day."

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