Even ideal weather couldn't bring people to the polls on Election Day. Although 3.2 million people are registered to vote in Kentucky, less than a million actually cast ballots on Tuesday for their next governor and other statewide offices.
By 7:30 p.m., the Kentucky Attorney General's vote fraud hotline had received 52 complaints from 27 counties. The Office of the Attorney General, by law, cannot provide details of specific complaints or possible pending investigations.
Jefferson County had the most calls with 13, ranging from procedural questions to complaints about disrupting polls, electioneering, and special or absentee ballots.
Fayette County had three calls — one related to general election fraud, the other to an election official. Calls were also received from Barren, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Christian, Estill, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Greenup, Kenton, Knox, Laurel, Livingston, Madison, Mercer, Oldham, Perry, Pulaski, Rowan, Trigg, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, and Woodford counties. Only one complaint, from Perry County, involved vote buying or selling.
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The State Board of Elections monitored voting across the state. The attorney general's office will investigate on the reported voting irregularities.
Tuesday morning, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins Jr. said the voting in Lexington had been smooth, with a couple of minor glitches at Eastland and Shriners precincts.
"Sort of normal stuff, with a couple of precincts late getting started because machines were hooked up incorrectly, but after 45 minutes in, everything was up," Blevins said. "If anything it's been calmer than usual."
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, who won re-election against Republican Stephen Knipper, said she expected less than 30 percent of Kentucky's registered voters to cast a ballot. The final tally was 30.7 percent.
In Fayette County, Blevins said the final turnout would be "low 20 percent, about 22 percent maybe," but it was higher at 33.2 percent.