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Tue November 8, 2011
Kentucky Voters Head to the Polls to Cast Ballots in Statewide Elections
By Erica Peterson
Louisville, KY – Voting is underway in Jefferson County. Polls opened at 6:00 this morning, and voters can choose between candidates for the governor, attorney general and secretary of state, among others.
Nore Ghibaudy is the spokesman for the Jefferson County Clerk's Office. He says so far voting traffic has been steady, but Jefferson County usually has a slightly better turnout than other Kentucky counties.
"We have over 500,000 registered voters. So that's a great number," Ghibaudy said. "Four years ago we had about a 44 percent turnout. I think statewide they're predicting about 25 and we're looking at 32 to 35. And from what we understand, out in the community it's been a nice steady flow."
At Highland Middle School, voter traffic at Highlands Middle School was fairly steady this morning, according to poll workers.
Nancy Mollette says she showed up to vote because she always does. But she says the gubernatorial race between Steve Beshear and David Williams didn't offer much of an option.
"It's been more of a choice between cancer and polio, like we used to say in the 70s," she said.
Instead, Mollette didn't vote for either Williams or Beshear.
"I cast a protest vote for governor," she said. "I haven't cast a protest vote in a long time, and I swore I'd never do it again, because it was a close race."
She says she doesn't think this race is close, so she cast a vote for Independent candidate Gatewood Galbraith.
For Mary Rosner the race for Agriculture Commissioner posed more of a problem. Rosner says that was the only race in which she didn't have a firm opinion.
"There was only one race that I was unsure about and that was agriculture," she said. "Because my party recommended one candidate and then the literature and the recommendations from the Courier-Journal took another candidate, so I had to sort of debate that."