• John McGary, Woodford Sun Editor

Many vote in-person during ‘mail-in’ primary, McGrath leads in ,Woodford County

VOTING IN-PERSON at the five machines at Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center during Tuesday’s primary seemed to go quickly for most people. The only other place to vote the old-fashioned way was at the courthouse. (Photo by John McGary)

The recent decision by the Woodford Board of Elections to open a second polling site at Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center for Tuesday’s primary was a hit with people who preferred to cast their vote in person. “I’m old-fashioned,” said Mary Beth Kiger with a laugh late that morning as she described her decision to vote at Falling Springs. She said she spent about 30 seconds in line, then cast a paper ballot. A man who didn’t want to disclose his name said it took him about two minutes to cast his paper ballot. Just inside the front door, county clerk employees offered protective masks to people who didn’t have masks, then steered them to the back of a building, where five voting machines were on basketball court #1. Ken Morales, the GOP representative on the Board of Elections, said turnout at Falling Springs picked up a bit about 7 a.m. and had been slow but steady since then. Not everybody was pleased with the decision by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams to conduct the primary as a mostly mail-in election. One woman the Sun chose not to identify said her experience was terrible. “I went to my normal polling place, there were no signs telling me to come here, there were no people to tell me where to go to vote, and on my way back into town, I passed the little road beside Hillsboro (Baptist) Church, which is where I vote, and there was a line of traffic pulling into that little road to vote, and they didn’t know where to go vote,” she said. She said she doesn’t watch much television or read the Sun, which has published several news items and advertisements stating that precincts would not be open. Some voted at the county courthouse Tuesday, which allowed in-person voting by appointment before the election and had a secure drop box for mail-in ballots. According to unofficial results tallied by the Sun Wednesday morning, Amy McGrath leads Charles Booker in Woodford County in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate. That race and the others aren’t over, however – ballots postmarked by June 23 will be counted, and final primary results here and across the state won’t be released until June 30.

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