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May 20, 2014

Tri-County Voting Underway

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

It's primary election day across Kentucky — and in the Tri-County area, voters seem to be getting out to make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Whitley County Clerk Kay Schwartz said precincts across the county have seen the voters.

"Voting is heavy in the larger precincts — and steady in the smaller ones," Schwartz said late this morning.

There was one problem this morning — and it had to do with candidates' campaign signs. Schwartz said that despite getting the word out about not placing those signs within 300 feet of a polling station — election officials collected "half a pickup truck load" of illegally placed signs.

One machine had a minor problem, she added. The machine itself was fine, but the power cord failed. But it was repaired and back in order within minutes, Schwartz said.

In Laurel County, the clerk's office reports they have seen no problems with any voting machines, but they did receive complaints that incumbent candidate for jailer Jamie Mosley's signs had been placed too close to the Levi Bowling center.

As far as turnout, County Clerk Dean Johnson said he "has no way of knowing" the voter turnout or how voting itself is progressing.

In Knox County, the morning has been a good one for registered voters and election officials in Knox County.

County Clerk Mike Corey said in Barbourville he's heard from one official this morning that the turnout has been heavy in some precincts, but light in others. "Everything is going well," he said. "It's been smooth and we've had no problems — zero."

Polls close today at 6 p.m.

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