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UPDATE: Ky. Reports No Fraud Complaints During Primary

By: Kari Anderson; The Associated Press Email
By: Kari Anderson; The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 5/18/11 @ 10:45 a.m.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky officials reported few problems and no fraud complaints during the primary for party nominations for several statewide offices.

Attorney General spokeswoman Shelley Catherine Johnson said the election fraud hotline received six phone calls on Tuesday. Johnson said three of the calls were procedural, two were for general election complaints and one was a media call.

Secretary of State spokeswoman Lindsay Zoeller said Tuesday evening that there had been no significant problems.

During the 2010 primary election, the election fraud hotline received 116 calls from 43 counties.

Voters chose the Republican ticket of state Senate President David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer to take on Democratic incumbent Gov. Steve Beshear and running mate Jerry Abramson, the former Louisville mayor.

Voters also picked party nominees for several other offices.



UPDATE 5/10/11 @ 3:52 p.m.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Turnout for Tuesday's primary election to choose a Republican nominee for governor could be at a near record low.

That's the prediction of the state's top election official, Secretary of State Elaine Walker.

Walker told reporters Tuesday that she expects as few as 9 percent of the state's registered voters to cast ballots in a primary to choose nominees for nearly all state-level offices.

Three Republicans are running for the GOP nomination and the right to challenge Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear in the fall general election.

Walker said she has found that many Kentuckians are unaware of Tuesday's primary, despite the fact that state Senate President David Williams, Louisville businessman Phil Moffett and Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw have been canvassing the state for votes.<



ORIGINAL STORY 5/10/11
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The primary election in Kentucky is less than a week away and Tuesday the Secretary of State announced record-setting voter registration leading up to it.

Elaine Walker announced that there are 11,028 more voters registered than the 2008 General Election, when the last record was set.

Walker said that brings Kentucky's registration numbers to 2,917,837 voters.

"It is exciting that so many Kentuckians are taking part in the civic process by registering to vote," Walker said. "We hope that this record-setting voter registration signals higher than expected voter participation in the primaries next week."

Walker predicts about 10 percent of the state's registered voters will show up to the May 17 primary.

"While all signs point to very low voter interest in this year's primary elections, we hope that we are wrong and that we surpass expectations," said Walker. "Casting your ballot on Election Day is the most sure way to make sure your voice is heard and that your elected officials are held accountable."

Walker also announced that some polling locations have changed since the last election. Click the link below to find your polling location.


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