Voter turnout Tuesday was slightly higher than the initial predictions of 10 percent, but it didn't get past 12.57 percent.
Officials with the Kentucky secretary of state's office said Tuesday they thought turnout would surpass 12 percent based on an uptick in absentee voting and the beautiful weather.
That turned out to be true, although turnout still was much lower than last year's primary for the U.S. Senate race, for which 26.7 percent of voters showed up.
One exception was gubernatorial candidate James Comer's home county of Monroe, where turnout was a little more than 40 percent, with nearly all of the votes going to Comer. Second highest was Franklin County with 30 percent turnout. Comer won there, too .
Low turnout meant relatively few election-related disputes.
"From an election administrators' standpoint, a quiet Election Day is a successful one, and we thank our local election officials and precinct officers for all of their hard work to make things run smoothly," Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said.
In Fayette County, less than 13 percent of voters showed up at the polls.
The Kentucky Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline received fewer calls than normal. At final count, 16 calls came from Christian, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, McCreary, Meade, Mercer, Nelson and Robertson counties. Most of the calls were legal questions.
The hotline received 205 calls from more than 60 counties during the 2014 primary election and 226 from more than 50 counties during the 2014 general election.
Spencer Christian Church, which hosts voting for four precincts, had a small fire in its furnace room, but it delayed voting for only about 25 minutes, said Spencer County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock.
The Kentucky State Board of Elections and Grimes said Tuesday that they had sought and obtained a court order to extend the absentee ballot return deadline for select military and overseas voters in the primary election.
Twelve voters applied for absentee ballots using the state's electronic portal for military and overseas voters, but the outside vendor that operates the portal did not send the ballots in time.
The State Board of Elections became aware of the issue Monday, and it worked to ensure the voters' ballots were sent. Grimes and the elections board sought and obtained the court order the same day.
State law requires that absentee ballots be received by voters' county clerks by 6 p.m. on Election Day. Although the vendor transmitted the ballots immediately after the Board of Elections pointed out the error, because of the locations of the affected military and overseas voters, it was unlikely the clerks would receive the ballots before the deadline.