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Good voter turnout expected in Kentucky

FRANKFORT — About 65 percent to 70 percent of Kentucky's registered voters will go to the polls Nov. 4, Secretary of State Trey Grayson predicted Tuesday.

The state's top election official said there is high interest among the state's 2.9 million registered voters, and turnout should be heavier than the 64.7 percent who voted during the last presidential election in 2004.

The highest voter turnout in Kentucky was 73.2 percent in 1992, he said.

Grayson said he expects long voter lines in certain areas of the state, especially in Fayette County and Northern Kentucky, where turnout usually is high.

State law sets the hours of voting from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but anyone in line by 6 p.m. can vote.

Because of anticipated long lines, election results may come in more slowly than usual, Grayson said.

He urged voters to vote at off-peak hours. The busiest times at the polls, he said, are at the beginning and end of the day and during lunchtime.

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said he, too, expects a big turnout on Election Day but does not think waits to vote will be lengthy in Lexington.

"We will have two voting machines in every precinct," he said. "We believe we can handle it. It will be no different in Fayette than any other place."

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